GM Recalls 38,000 Cadillacs in China for Brake Problems

Sep 09, 2014 03:30 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

General Motors is recalling 38,328 vehicles through the automaker's main Chinese joint venture following reports of brake problems.

The recall involves Cadillac XTS cars manufactured between October 2012 and July 2014, Reuters reported. The vehicles may have brake control software issues that can cause the car not to accelerate properly in extreme cases.

China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine announced the recall in a statement on its website, according to Reuters.

Chinese regulators have been cracking down on problems in order to better protect consumers, influencing the recall of 5.3 million vehicles last year by Chinese automakers.

GM has recalled around 30 million vehicles this year and is still under federal investigation for allegedly delaying a 2.6 million-car recall related to at least 13 deaths and dozens of crashes in the last decade. Problematic ignition switches in small car models such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion could turn the vehicle off while driving if the driver's knee bumps the key fob.

The American automaker has credited the delay to a faulty GM culture.

"The problem with the ignition switch recall is that people did not do their job," said Theodore M. Solso, chairman of the GM board of directors, as quoted by the New York Times. "They didn't have a sense of urgency, and they didn't communicate up the ladder."

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