WASHINGTON — The government is investigating potential brake defects in 9 million General Motors Corp. automobiles made from 1978 to 1984, the Center for Auto Safety said Monday.
The center, a private group, released a defect investigative report issued by the National Highway Transportation Administration, an arm of the Transportation Department, for February. The government issues the reports each month.
In the report, the safety administration said that it had started a preliminary investigation into 1978-1984 rear-wheel-drive A, G and F cars--including the Oldsmobile Cutlass--manufactured by the nation's No. 1 auto maker.
The center, which was founded by consumer advocate Ralph Nader, said that the problem involves rear brake backing plate corrosion that could lead to loss of the rear brakes.