General Motors is recalling 145,628 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups, around the world, as the hoods of these mid-sized pickup trucks could pop up unexpectedly due to a possible missing latch. Around 118,800 of the affected mid-sized pickups are in the United States, 15,264 are in Canada, 7,492 are in Mexico and the rest are exports, according to GM.
Affected model years are from 2010 to 2012. According to GM, the hood of the concerned trucks may be missing a secondary hood latch. The carmaker said in documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that if the primary latch is not engaged, the hood could open and block the driver's view and increase the risk of a crash.
GM, however, said that there are no reports of crashes or injuries related to the issue, although there are four known cases of the secondary hood latch being missing. GM will notify owners of Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups and will instruct them to inspect their vehicles for the presence of a secondary hood latch or take them to a dealer for inspection.
The carmaker said that if the secondary latch is missing, a new hood will be installed. GM notified its dealers of the issue on Dec. 18, 2012. It will start to mail letters to owners on Jan. 17, 2013, according to the NHTSA.