The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2014 Chevrolet Suburban, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Brake Vacuum Pump Failure

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE18012

    • Status:
      PENDING
    • Date Opened: November 20, 2018
    • Date Closed: N/A
    • Recall: No recall yet

    Component(s): Service Brakes
    Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Power Assist:Vacuum

    Summary: The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received 111 reports of hard brake pedal effort accompanied by extended stopping distance in model years (MY) 2014 to 2016 General Motors (GM) light trucks based on the K2XX platform, 1500 series Pickup Trucks and Sport Utility Vehicles (Silverado, Sierra, Suburban, Yukon, Tahoe, Escalade). These conditions are attributed to deterioration of the engine-driven brake assist vacuum pump. Nine of these incidents included vehicles incurring damage as a result colliding with another vehicle or fixed object at low speeds.The brake assist vacuum pump is driven by an accessory belt on the engine and serves as the source of power brake vacuum in the subject vehicles. Over time, the pump's capacity to generate vacuum may deteriorate. The subject vehicles receive supplemental hydraulic brake assist from the ABS system, albeit at lower levels than the vacuum-powered primary system.If the brake assist vacuum pump fails to operate as intended, the amount of brake power assist supplied to the driver can be significantly reduced, extending the subject vehicle stopping distance.A Preliminary Evaluation has been opened to assess the scope, frequency, circumstances, and safety consequences of the alleged defect.The ODI complaints cited above can be viewed at www.nhtsa.gov under the following ODI identification numbers: 11143759, 11143710, 11143349, 11142826, 11142685, 11142544, 11142374, 11140624, 11140321, 11139980, 11139614, 11139210, 11132847, 11132455, 11131903, 11131066, 11128191, 11124506, 11124227, 11123463, 11121979, 11121611, 11102448, 11101165, 11099906, 11121172, 11119847, 11118984, 11118870, 11111834, 11115151, 11114340, 11113548, 11112722, 11110640, 11110393, 11110264, 11105051, 11104203, 11103906, 11104097, 11101822, 11102108, 11100297, 11099907, 11098785, 11097335, 11094026, 11011875, 11090358, 11089691, 11089278, 11089173, 11088926, 11084934, 11084610, 11082247, 11078820, 11072654, 11065323, 11056319, 11081406, 11072905, 11075730, 11067395, 11056635, 11055292, 11021419, 11065274, 11064605, 11064080, 11063087, 11056908, 11054734, 11054123, 11053444, 11067234, 11048544, 11048333, 11046974, 11045731, 11044677, 11031984, 11030722, 11030016, 11025403, 11022709, 11020372, 11003691, 10995134, 11047239, 11043192, 11034792, 11034518, 11033883, 11032103, 11030685, 11021601, 11006271, 11002554, 11001423, 10991595, 11013706, 10984684, 10967071, 11119907, 11083289, 11062858, 11047981, 11041607, 11021253