u.s. regulator warns of rust on brakes in cold-weather states

by:JHY     2019-11-26
Detroit, April 9Reuters)-U. S.
On Thursday, safety regulators warned millions of old car owners in the Rust Belt state to check whether the brake system was corroded, a warning that stems from the long term
Investigate complaints about GM trucks and SUVs.
The Rust Belt includes about half of the 50 countries in the United States. S. states.
Here, salt is used to melt ice and snow on the road, which may increase the chances of corrosion in cars and trucks over time.
The consultation originated from the research of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Determine if rust-
The related problem with the brake system is the safety defect of about 2 million General Motors and SUVs.
NHTSA also concluded its investigation on Thursday, but did not recall GM from 1999 to 2003, including Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Chevrolet suburb, Chevrolet Tahoe and Yukon.
NHTSA issued a wider consultation, basically requiring car owners to wash their cars regularly and check the brake system in cold weather if they are driving in the rust zone.
This consultation applies to the owner of any vehicle manufactured by any manufacturer during the 2007 model year and earlier.
That\'s because of zinc.
An NHTSA official said the aluminum alloy used extensively to coat the braking system until about 2007 is easier to rust than the nylon and plastic coating that replaced it.
Average age of American carsS.
The road takes about 11 years, so millions of roads are included in the consultation.
NHTSA did not provide an estimate of the number of vehicles covered by its warning.
NHTSA said it did not determine that GM had safety defects, in part because the brake system corrosion rates of similar-age cars produced by other automakers were roughly the same.
\"While we have not issued a notice of defects, there is a safety issue here, the safety issue is the combination of time and road salt, creating a corrosion problem in these old vehicles, a nhtsa official said.
Regulators say vehicles in these states are more vulnerable to corrosion --
Problems related to brake lines and brake tubes: connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the Columbia region. (
Bernie Woodell reports;
Editor Lisa Shumaker)
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