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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-20-2016, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Activating the paddle acts as braking action and slows the car down fairly aggressively

The problem is that, unlike using the brakes, the brake lights do not turn on wen the paddle is activated

For sure, this will result in a rear-end collision
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-28-2016, 06:01 AM
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My understanding is that the brake lights do turn on with use of the paddle, but only when braking response increases after holding it on for a few seconds.
Let us know what you find out.
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My understanding is that the brake lights do turn on with use of the paddle, but only when braking response increases after holding it on for a few seconds.
Let us know what you find out.
I don't think so, but I will have my wife follow me in our other car to find out. What I experienced with the paddle is when I activate it and slow down to almost a stop, when I look behind me, there is no brake light visible in the reflection from the car behind me, but then when I press on the brakes, I see the brake light.

In any case, the brake lights should go on right away since there is only one setting for the paddle, and very similar to fairly aggressive pressure on the brakes (enough to feel the car slow down quickly but not enough for an emergency situation). Assuming there is a "few" second lag, it could still result in a rear end collision.

I tried to contact Chevy on this issue, but never heard back from them

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My understanding is that the brake lights do turn on with use of the paddle, but only when braking response increases after holding it on for a few seconds.
Let us know what you find out.
You are correct and I was wrong

I am glad you are correct on this issue - the brake lights DO go on when the paddle is engaged

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Good deal. That should bring back your smiley face
I seem to remember reading about this somewhere in the owners manual.
You will also find a wealth of information on a forum called gm-volt.com. Give it a try.
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I'm new and I'm interested in this topic. Thank you!

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