323K GM Trucks Recalled for Faulty Tailgate Latch

Stop-sale and recall for 2020-2024 Silverado & Sierra HD pickups affect dealerships.

The beginning of the year has not been kind to Detroit car manufacturers, particularly in terms of product recalls. One major recall has once again disrupted operations, this time affecting 323,232 Chevrolet and GMC heavy-duty pickup trucks due to reports of their tailgates unexpectedly opening.

GM has issued a recall for Silverado HD and Sierra HD trucks manufactured from 2020 to 2024. Specifically, this recall affects 2500 and 3500 models that have a power latch on the tailgate. The root of the issue lies in the faulty design of the electronic switch used for the latch, which can allow water to enter and cause a short circuit. As a result, the tailgate may unexpectedly unlatch while the truck is parked, potentially causing inconvenience or damage. While still stationary, the gate would likely remain in its upright position. However, driving away with an unlatched gate could pose further risks.

General Motors has taken action to address an issue that could impact newly manufactured trucks. As a precaution, the company has implemented a stop sale for trucks currently in the dealerships. This means that, according to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), these vehicles should not be driven or transferred to other dealers. Additionally, if any certified pre-owned pickups are affected by the recall, they will lose their certification until the necessary repairs have been made.

The first step in resolving this issue is to replace the faulty switch with one that has “improved resistance to water intrusion.” Dealers have been informed of the problem and owners will start receiving notifications on March 18. In the meantime, owners of Silverado and Sierra trucks can visit GM’s recall information center on the internet to determine if their vehicle is impacted by the recall.

Examining more closely, the problem has the potential to impact a total of 128,966 Silverados and 194,266 GMC Sierras in the form of HD 2500 or 3500 HD models. According to recall records, there have been a reported 136 complaints regarding unauthorized tailgate openings, resulting in one minor injury and three documented cases of property damage.

General Motors is not the exclusive Detroit brand facing challenges due to significant recalls. Another major automaker, Ford, began the year with a recall of 2.2 million Explorers globally for exterior trim that may detach while in motion.

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