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General Motors Corp. plans to recall 44,000 of its Buick Regal and Chevrolet Lumina sedans with a potential brake defect, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

In a notice sent to Buick dealers nationwide, GM said half the braking systems in certain vehicles could fail because the left front brake line is rubbing against a bracket, the newspaper said.The flaw could cause the brake line to wear through, GM said, and at minimal braking distance, a "crash could occur without prior warning."

GM has received no reports of death or injury resulting from a brake defect in either of the two models, a company spokeswoman told the Journal. But the company has received five reports claiming some "rub through" on the brakes and is investigating one possible related accident, the newspaper said.

No one was in early this morning at GM who could comment on the newspaper report.

The auto giant has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the voluntary recall, which it planned to announce Wednesday, according to the Journal. The notice told dealers to inspect the brake lines and replace those that were damaged. GM said about 5 percent of the affected vehicles will need new brake systems.

GM sold almost 91,000 Regals in 1995, making the car one of Buick's best-selling cars. The Lumina, with 1995 sales of almost 215,000, is Chevrolet's best-selling car.