GM is recalling 145,628 mid-sized pickups due to hood issue

Article by Anita Panait, on December 21, 2012

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.

With enhancements and upgrades that improve comfort, connectivity and appearance, the Chevrolet Silverado boosts its market position as the most diverse and most capable model for 2012.

It has an exclusive White Diamond Edition, warmed/cooled seats in LTZ models, and modern front-end designs that improve comfort and appearance and a brand-new navigation radio that enhances connectivity. It also features a new display and modern hard drive that takes the need away for discs with map details. The Chevrolet Silverado also provides the SiriusXM and OnStar satellite radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity which are segment-exclusive features. It can also be installed with a Wi-Fi system.

Aside from the Hybrid units, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500s currently offers the Hill Start Assist and the Trailer Sway Control under the Stabilitrak electronic stability management system which improves performance in a variety of trailering and driving circumstances.

According to the marketing director of Chevrolet Truck, Maria Rohrer, the superior V8 performance, the topnotch fuel economy and the wide range of features of the Silverado continue to catch the attention of truck customers as shown in the 7% increase in sales in July this year. The developments and innovations that were implemented for the 2012 models, particularly the Wi-Fi systems and navigation radio, certainly offer a unique and enjoyable driving experience.

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