General Motors Corp. (GM) is recalling 804,000 full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles in 14 northern states because of potential problems with the anti-lock braking system.
Corrosion in the braking system has been blamed for more than 200 low-speed crashes.
A GM spokesman says the problem occurs when salt and other road grime gets into the area covering the antilock braking system sensor near the wheel hub. The problem activates the ABS at speeds much lower than normal, requiring a longer stopping distance.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) describers the problem as an unwanted application of the antilock brake system; http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/
An ongoing investigation was opened by NHTSA in late April of more than 1.2 million GM pickups and SUVs in 20 states because of questions about the antilock brakes.
ConsumerAffairs.Com has received complaints about the problems with GM antilock brakes since 2002 and GM says there have been 228 crashes reported through the end of May, including 10 minor injuries.