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Brake defect prompts GM to recall 293,000 Chevy Cruzes

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Source: General Motors
2011 Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors is recalling nearly 293,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars in the U.S. because the power-assisted brakes can fail.

Cruze brake problems have caused 27 low-speed crashes but no injuries, GM said.

The company said the recall affects Cruzes made in Lordstown, Ohio, from the 2011 and 2012 model years. The cars have 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline engines and 6T-40 six-speed automatic transmissions.

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GM says the power brake boosters can fail and in rare cases, drivers may have to put extra pressure on the pedals to stop the cars.

Dealers will replace a switch in the power brake vacuum pipe assembly for free.

—By AP

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