To all, if my car was involved in this recall and I wasn't having any problems with my brakes I would wait until mid September before contacting my dealership. This is to give the dealership a chance to get the information and parts needed to do this service as well as giving them a chance to deal with cars with known problems. If, however, my car is one of the ones having brake problems or develops brake problems I would contact my dealership immediately.
NHTSA was formally notified on August 15, 2013 of this recall. GM has 90 days (my earlier statement of 60 was incorrect) or Nov 13, 2013 to notify owners and dealerships.I received the NHTSA recall notice email a few minutes ago:
Report Receipt Date: AUG 15, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V360000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 292,879
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
2 Associated Documents
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles equipped with 1.4L DOHC gasoline turbo engines and 6T40 front wheel drive automatic transmissions and equipped with an electric vacuum pump to provide supplemental vacuum for brake assist, when needed. In the affected vehicles, the pump may not activate, resulting in an intermittent reduction or loss of brake assist. CONSEQUENCE:
A loss of braking assistance will require extra pedal force and/or distance to bring the vehicle to a stop, increasing the risk of a crash. REMEDY:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace a microswitch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020. GM's recall number is 12213. NOTES:
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 Home | Safercar -- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Supporting Documents (2):
GM Defect Notice to NHTSA
What is a reasonable response to you? Remember, not many, if any on this board are GM technicians. Going back to your original explanation of the issue and what a GM rep stated in the Edmonds article, I don't think your problem is necessarily related to this recall. Did you lose your brakes completely? No. Did you lose brake assist? Yes. My best reasonable response is either slow down and realize you have a problem and realize it will take extra effort to stop your car until you diagnose and fix the problem, or park the car until you have the car fixed.Tell me, if they have no updated parts and your car has displayed the symptoms in the "recall", what should an owner do? Continue to drive the car for a few more months? Wait for the postcard in the mail? Hope it doesn't happen again and you get into a wreck? A lot of forum members had comments (12 pages) but no one had a reasonable response to the owners who actually have experienced this problem.