Recall Alert: General Motors Recalling 145,000 Colorado and Canyons with Defective Hood Latch

By Trevor Dorchies | December 20, 2012
General Motors has announced that it's recalling 145,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks over concerns of the hood flying open unexpectedly. For obvious reasons, this is a problem, one that can be easily rectified, though. The majority of the affected trucks were sold in the United States and built from 2010 through 2012. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of the trucks that have been called into question don't have a secondary hood latch. Many automakers today include a second hood latch on their vehicles to prevent this exact issue. In the event that the main hood latch fails, the second one is supposed to act as a back-up.  It's still unknown if these faulty hood latches are the cause of any accidents or injuries. GM has already found the root of the problem tracing it back to a parts distributor that has been linked to four separate complaints of trucks missing the secondary latch. The exact number of affected trucks in the U.S. hover around 118,800 units with 15,264 units tainted in Canada and 7,492 in Mexico. Another 4,000 affected trucks are spread out in other countries across the world, too. GM has said it will begin notifying customers by mail starting next month. Concerned owners can bring their truck to the local Chevy and GMC dealer to have the hood latches looked at, and if necessary, replaced free of charge.
Source: Detroit Free Press