General Motors is recalling 2,163 Cadillac ATS and CTS vehicles from the 2015 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may have been manufactured with a faulty part that could cause the brakes to fail.
The part in question is a bracket made by CJ Automotive Indiana that connects the brake pedal to the rod that engages the brakes. According to NHTSA, "[T]he bracket between the brake pedal assembly and the rod that actuates the vehicle service brakes may have been fractured during the manufacturing process, or may exhibit a condition making the bracket susceptible to fracture when the brake pedal is depressed".
As you might guess from that description, if the bracket fractures, the brakes will no longer be connected to the brake pedal, meaning that they'll be no help in slowing the vehicle. For what it's worth, though, NHTSA notes that the parking brake is unaffected by this problem and should still work just fine.
The good news is that the problem with the faulty bracket was discovered during routine tests carried out by GM, so there are no records of any owners having experienced brake failure in a moving vehicle. GM sent Cadillac dealers a stop-sale notice for the ATS and CTS on June 3.
GM says that it will mail recall notices to ATS and CTS owners no later than August 1, 2015. After receiving that notice, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Cadillac dealers, who will inspect and replace faulty brackets at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to call Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006 and ask about recall #15352. Alternately, you can call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V358000.