GM recalling 140K Chevrolet Malibu for faulty brakes

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General Motors is recalling more than 140,000 Chevrolet Malibu midsize cars to fix a problem with the power-assisted brakes.

The recall affects 2014 Malibu’s with 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines and stop-start technology that shuts off the engine at red lights.

GM says a software problem in the brake control computer can disable the power brakes. That means drivers would have to push the brakes harder to stop, and stopping distances would increase.

Dealers will update the software at no cost to owners. GM will mail letters to owners starting around May 30.

GM found the problem while testing a new model that hasn’t come out yet. The Malibu has a similar brake control system.

The recalls brought GM’s total number for the year to 18 with the total number of recalled vehicles to more than 11 million this year. That includes 2.6 million small cars worldwide for a deadly ignition switch problem.

The company expects to take a $200 million charge this quarter for the added recalls.

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