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General Motors is recalling certain 2010 through 2012 model year Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups that may lack a secondary hood latch to prevent unexpected hood opening during operation.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially involved in the United States at 118,800. A report in The Detroit News and elsewhere said that the recall also involves 15,264 vehicles in Canada, 7,492 in Mexico, and 4,069 around the world.
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The NHTSA bulletin said that affected vehicles were built from November 9, 2009 through August 28, 2012. The issue is compliance failure with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 113, “Hoot Latch System.”
Documentation from GM (PDF) submitted to NHTSA indicates that the subject vehicles may have been assembled with a hood that was missing a secondary hood latch. If the primary hood latch is not engaged and the secondary hood latch is missing, the hood could open unexpectedly. This reduces driver visibility and increases the risk of a crash.
GM said it became aware of a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado missing a secondary hood latch from a field performance report September 20, 2012. Following a second report involving a missing secondary hood latch on a 2012 GMC Canyon November 1, 2012, the automaker began an investigation, leading to the decision to issue a recall on December 18, 2012.
What GM will do
GM will send notification letters to owners of vehicles involved in the campaign, instructing them to inspect their vehicles for the presence of the secondary hood latch. If the latch is missing, dealers will replace the hood at no charge. Owners who do not wish to perform the inspection can take it to the dealer for the work and any hood replacement that may be necessary. The GM safety recall is expected to begin on January 17, 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and 2010-2012 GMC Canyon pickups with any questions or concerns may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 and GMC at 1-866-996-9463. The GM safety recall campaign number is 12319.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V594000.