RECALL: GM Calls Back Some 2,000 Chevy Cruze’s For Braking Issues

The National Highway Traffic Administration has announced they are issuing a mandatory recall of 1,733 cars manufactured between February 4, 2015 and February 9, 2015 due to concerns regarding the functionality of the parking brake.

The issue is inside the brake cable brackets. When not fastened properly, the bracket can separate completely, dramatically increasing the possibility of a runaway car or a hazardous crash.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect both rear parking brake brackets bolts, tightening them as necessary, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in this month. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 15135.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Land Rover To Recall 100K SUVs For Faulty Brake Hoses

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published two separate reports highlights braking system issues within 100,000 units of Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. 75,000 of them that were manufactured between April 15, 2005 and September 4, 2012 are being recalled for a front brake hose malfunction.

A second yet similar issue is illustrated with both the Range Rover and the Range Rover Sport. In this report, both vehicles have an improperly routed brake booster vacuum line that has the possibility to be subjected to excessive wear, which will eventually cause the line to loose vacuum power. This would cause the power assist function of the brakes to fail, increasing the effort needed to stop the SUV.  This problem affects 25,000 units that were built between August 16, 2012 and January 8, 2014, along with the 2014 Range Rover Sport manufactured between May 7, 2013 and January 8, 2014.

Jaguar Land Rover will begin contacting customers about the recalls starting next week, March 13, 2015. As typical with all government mandated recalls, the issues will be fixed by the dealership free of charge to its customers. If you suspect your vehicle may be affected, it is advised you take your vehicle in to your local dealership as soon as possible.

Check out the official report from our friends at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tragic School Bus: Brake Failure Injures 22 Students

Ann Arbor, Michigan- More than 20 eighth-grade students suffered minor injuries on Friday after their Saline School District school bus lost control and crashed into another school bus due to brake failure.

The Pittsfield Township police report states the driver of the bus that rear-ended the first bus said she tried to stop for a light and the brakes did not work, and her bus hit the one in front.

The driver in front reported she was stopping for the light when the rear bus hit hers.

Parents of injured students were contacted immediately,” said Steve Laatsch, Saline Area Schools assistant superintendent of instruction. “Teachers, school officials and EMS worked closely together to assure the well being of our students.”

According to Michigan State Police school bus inspection results for 2014, Saline schools had 33 buses pass and 12 buses receive a “yellow” rating, which means the buses were found in unsatisfactory condition but safe for use.

By law, districts must repair buses that receive a yellow rating within 60 days of the inspection.

There is currently no indication that there will be further investigation into the crash.

Check out this follow up video supplied by Michigan Live. 

Mother and Daughter Killed In Merciless Crash

Two people are dead and two are injured following an untimely brake failure that took place last week in India.

The accident occurred when a construction truck experienced total brake failure and ultimately struck a nearby electric pole which then systematically hit a bypassing car that contained a family of four. A man, his wife and their two children were in the car. Among them, the mother was instantly killed while the rest sustained life threatening injuries.

Reports state that one of the daughters succumbed to her wounds in the hospital while the remaining father and daughter made full recoveries.

A large crowd of people gathered to help in transporting the injured to the hospital. Traffic was said to have been delayed for an extended period of time. So far, the police have not identified responsibility for this tragedy or issued any statements.

 

 

 

 

Two Boston Firefighters Injured In SUV Crash

Two Boston firefighters were injured on Tuesday when an onboard oxygen cylinder on their SUV exploded following a gruesome crash due to brake failure. Reports say the firefighters were responding to an accident on a local freeway when the brakes when out causing them to crash into a nearby snowbank. This crash somehow ruptured the internal oxygen cylinder creating a catastrophic explosion.

Currently the two firefighters being treated at a local clinic for minor injuries are expected to be OK, according to EMS1 News.

The firefighters were wearing proper equipment according to protocol, protecting them from all the exploding flying debris.

The Boston EMS supervisor, who was driving to a training meeting, was not injured in the collision, fire or explosion.

Tragic School Bus: 9 Hospitalized Due To Apparent Bus Brake Failure

Nine people were hospitalized after a school bus crashed and rolled over in Shoreline, Washington last night(Saturday).

The bus was carrying the King’s High School basketball team, which had just won their district championship game in Mount Vernon. They were heading home to Shoreline just after 10 p.m. when the bus apparently experienced a tragic brake failure as attempted to exit southbound I-5 onto the SR-104 off-ramp, the driver told investigators.

The bus was said to have drifted off the road into a ditch, somehow came back into the road, hit the curb and finally came to a stop after rolling onto its side. Fortunately, no other vehicles were involved.

“She says when she was taking the off ramp at State Route 104 her brakes weren’t working. She tries to dive into that shoulder to make that turn, (but) isn’t able to make it. The bus trips over the curbing behind us and rolls over onto its left side,” said Trooper Mark Francis.

Reports say there was a total of 16 people were on the bus: 12 high school boys, three coaches and a driver.

The bus, which is not equipped with seat belts, passed its last inspection in 2014, according to Francis. While the driver says the brakes went out, Francis said investigators tested the brakes and found them to be functional.

Investigators are also looking into reports the muffler may have come off the bus earlier in the trip.