Recalls This Week: GM, Toyota
General Motors Corp. and federal safety regulators announced Thursday the recall of 155,465 GM pickups and sport utility vehicles, including the Hummer H2, because of possible brake malfunctions, according to the Associated Press. Toyota announced Tuesday that it has recalled 22,228 new Tacoma pickups because the parking brake might not work, according to the Associated Press. Tacomas from the 2005 model year with automatic transmissions are involved in the recall.All of the affected GM vehicles are from the 2004 and 2005 model years and have Bosch hydro-boost brake assemblies. They are the Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado and Suburban; the GMC Savana, Sierra and Yukon XL; two commercial trucks, the GMC Topkick and Chevrolet Kodiak; and the Hummer H2, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.NHTSA said a pressure accumulator in the braking system could crack during normal driving and fragments could injure people if the hood was open. The crack also could allow hydraulic fluid to leak, which could make it harder to brake or steer and could cause a crash, the AP report said.Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the company recalled the Tacomas after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received eight complaints. No injuries have been reported due to the defect, Hanson said in the AP story.Toyota said the lock nut on the parking brake cable may not have been properly tightened and can loosen and come off. If that happens, the vehicle could roll if it's stopped on a slope and the transmission isn't in park.Both manufacturers will notify owners of the recall next month and correct the problem for free.