General Motors has announced a recall of 118,800 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks due to the possibility of secondary hood latches not being installed at the time of manufacture. The affected vehicles are from the 2010, 2011 and 2012 model years, all of which were built between November 9, 2009 and August 28, 2012.

According to the official National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report, these trucks fail to "comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 113, 'Hood Latch System.' The hood may be missing the secondary hood latch." In other words, owners of these trucks could find their vehicles' hoods opening unexpectedly while driving.

The official recall campaign is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. Dealers will inspect the affected pickups and if a secondary hood latch is not present, one will be installed free of charge. Scroll down to read the official NHTSA report.
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Vehicle Make / Model:

CHEVROLET / COLORADO
GMC / CANYON

Model Year(s): 2010-2012
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
Report Receipt Date: DEC 19, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V594000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES:HOOD:LATCH
Potential Number of Units Affected: 118,800

Summary

General Motors is recalling certain model year 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles manufactured from November 9, 2009, through August 28, 2012, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 113, "Hood Latch System." The hood may be missing the secondary hood latch.

Consequence

If the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could open unexpectedly. During vehicle operation, this could obstruct the view of the driver and increase the risk of a crash.

Remedy

General Motors will notify owners and instruct them to inspect their vehicle for the presence of a secondary hood latch. Dealers will replace the hood on any affected vehicles, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463.

Notes

GM's number for this campaign is 12319. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      v6sonoma
      • 2 Years Ago
      Surprising they didn't notice it sooner but since parts are often assembled in another place then delivered to the factory for final assembly I could see how a line worker might miss it. Quite frankly if the hood closes and stays closed would I have questioned it? Probably not. It sounds like a few were left out but they aren't sure at what point the issue happened. Better to play it safe and check them all.
        GerMer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @v6sonoma
        They’re too drunk to notice...maybe drinking with the Chrysler’s guys on their lunch break.
      erjhe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sounds like a blanket recall in which this was a part that was intermittently left of (could be only on the scale of hundreds or a few thousand of vehicles missing the latch). I work in manufacturing and get to deal with stuff like that... some second or third shift worker that isn't as good as the first shift neglects to do something and then it's a bowl of fun trying to determine what machines are affected.
      darkness
      • 2 Years Ago
      Heres how this happens Worker: these hoods are missing pieces Management: Ship it and dont stop the line Now down vote me for the truth.
      brgtlm
      • 2 Years Ago
      A pretty bad manufacturing error, but falls in line perfectly for this GM pile of crap.
        budwsr25
        • 2 Years Ago
        @brgtlm
        If they are such piles of crap why do dealers want top dollar for a used one. The same thing goes for what everyone calls the ugliest car made the Pontiac Aztek. If you find one on a lot they want top dollar for it and it will not be there for more than a day.
          clquake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @budwsr25
          Every used car is going for more these days due to the economy and the massive number of used cars destroyed during the cash for clunkers campaign. And I'm sorry, but they really do have one of the worst residuals.
          mauserd
          • 11 Months Ago
          @budwsr25
          It has little to do with actual quality/value. It is the fact that used cars are in very short supply in many regions of the country. Supply and demand drives prices.
      NightFlight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wait, what? How could this have been missed? This is a pretty important safety feature that just wasn't installed. Reason #47 why I'd never buy a GM product.
        S.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NightFlight
        Your list is only at #47?
      Making11s
      • 2 Years Ago
      A missing hood latch can be problematic, but not nearly as problematic as the fact that the crumple zone of the Colorado/Canyon seems to be the cabin.
      DarkKnight67
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure BD will be on here with another of his relevant comments about GM - but never seeing it as being better than Lexus/Toyota hiding their recalls and problems.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DarkKnight67
        [blocked]
          Radwon
          • 2 Years Ago
          GM can't hide it because most of it's there staring you in the face. A latch? How do you miss a latch...for 3 years??
      VDuB
      • 2 Years Ago
      That UAW worker was extra high and drunk that day. Probably need pull up the records for the other things he was responsible for.
        Vinuuz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @VDuB
        So many trucks getting recalled means that he may have been drunk and high for months :D
          m_2012
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Vinuuz
          Which is just as likely.
      protovici
      • 2 Years Ago
      UAW = Useless Automotive Worker
      Gubbins
      • 2 Years Ago
      2010 model year and NOW they realize the latches are missing? Who the hell's running their quality audits?
      Klinkster
      • 2 Years Ago
      UAW strikes again! GM quality assurance failure. Check the entire plant for dope smokers...
        m_2012
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        Your job is to put a single part on. I could get uber stoned and still manage to install a latch, a wheel, or anything other part of a car just fine. For 3 years this was missed, no excuses.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        [blocked]
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      No one noticed this during assembly or post assembly inspection? How about all the dealerships that sold and serviced these trucks they didn't notice? Also what about the body shops that have fixed these trucks after an accident they didn't notice?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        [blocked]
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