In 2010, after receiving owner complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) initiated a preliminary evaluation of brake failure trends among six million General Motors vehicles build between 1999-2003, including the Chevy Avalanche and Silverado, the GMC Sierra and some of the automaker's heavy duty trucks. Initially, about 100 owners reported failure of corroded brake lines, resulting in either lengthy stopping distances or crashes.
The problem has escalated, with more owners reporting brake line failure, and so far GM has not kicked-in repair dollars. In early 2011, NHTSA upgraded the preliminary investigation to an Engineering Analysis. Can General Motors handle a recall of this magnitude? If a recall occurs, you can bet it will be terribly expensive.
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