January 29, 2002

GM recalls 546,000 SUV’s to fix brake lights

Detroit, Michigan – General Motors announced a recall of 546,000 model year 2000 and 2001 Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Jimmy, and Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility vehicles. This recall does not include the redesigned 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, and Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility vehicles.

The recall campaign involves vehicles built between September 1999 and August 2001. There have been two reported accidents that may have been related to this condition, and no injuries were reported, said a GM spokesperson.

“The stop lamps in these vehicles may not illuminate when the brakes are engaged and the hazard lamps may not flash when the flasher button is pressed,” said Michael Ableson, chief engineer of the S/T Blazer, Jimmy, and Bravada. “An open circuit in a switch located in the steering column renders stop lamps and hazard lamps inoperative.”

Ableson added that the rear lights, the centre high-mounted stop lamps (CHMSL), and the turn signals operate properly.

Currently, GM is testing the replacement parts. When this is concluded, these parts will be produced and shipped to the dealers. Concurrently, GM will mail notification letters to owners indicating that Chevrolet, GMC, and Oldsmobile dealers will inspect the vehicles that are part of this recall and, if necessary, repair them at no cost to the customers.

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