GM: No problems yet on our hybrid brakes
So far, we've seen Toyota and Ford recall some of their hybrids because drivers have been experiencing squishy-feeling brakes.
So I wondered about the hybrids made by General Motors, which include the Cadillac Escalade SUV, the Chevy Silverado pickup, the GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon Denali SUVS, the Chevy Tahoe SUV and the GMC Sierra pickup.
GM said: No problem so far. The company's hybrid brake design -- a regenerative-braking system, like that used by Ford and Toyota hybrids -- was designed by GM and built by partsmaker TRW, a GM spokesman said. Toyota and Ford used a different supplier.
To double-check, I took a look at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration consumer complaint site, which you can see by clicking here.
I found two complaints about faulty brakes on GM hybrids in 2009 and 2010 model years. That compares with more than 200 complaints filed in the U.S. and Japan about braking problems with the Toyota Prius.
The owner of a 2009 Chevy Tahoe hybrid wrote: "I was backing out of the garage with my family when I realized the brakes weren't working to slow us out of the driveway. I drove through the subdivision at 15 m.p.h. and I couldn't get it to stop!"
I found another complaint about faulty brakes on a 2009 Yukon Denali hybrid, with the driver having to use the emergency brake to stop the truck.
In 2009, GM recalled Escalade, Yukon and Denali models for what it called a faulty fuel sensor control module that could cause stalling. But that's not a brake issue.
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February 9, 2010; 4:24 PM ET
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