Recall: 119K Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyons for Hood Latch Problem
As TheDenverChannel.com reports, General Motors is recalling nearly 119,000 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks because their hoods can open without warning and obstruct the drivers’ vision. The recall affects midsize trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years.
In GM’s report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the automaker said some of these vehicles were assembled without a secondary hood latch, Christopher Jensen writes for The New York Times blog Wheels. And if the main latch is not fastened, the hood could open, TheDenverChannel.com notes.
M. Carmen Benavides, director of Product Investigations and Safety Regulations for General Motors, wrote the following in a letter to Nancy Lewis, associate administrator for enforcement at NHTSA:
If the primary hood latch is not engaged and the secondary hood latch is not present, the hood could open unexpectedly. If this occurs while the vehicle is in motion, the hood could contact the windshield, reducing the forward vision area of the driver and a crash could occur.
The report did not mention any accidents and a GM spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment, Jensen writes.
TheDenverChannel.com writes that the problem was reported to GM by two vehicle owners. David Shepardson writes for The Detroit News that “an analysis of one hood showed the latch assembly had no evidence of welds for the secondary latch, suggesting the latch assembly missed the weld station at the latch plate supplier.” He adds that GM said the production process did not have any error-proofing to prevent material from bypassing the end of line weld station.
Owners will have the option of checking the hoods for the secondary latch or taking it to a dealer. If there’s no secondary latch, GM will replace the hoods free of charge.
The recall is expected to begin next month.