General Motors announced on Thursday it is recalling 118,800 pickup trucks that may not be fitted with a secondary latch to prevent the hood from unexpectedly opening.
The models that will be recalled are the 2010-2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks which may lack a back-up hood latch.
GM said in a report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that on these models, the hood could strike the windshield if the primary latch isn’t engaged while the vehicle is in motion. As a result, the car could be involved in a crash.
GM first acknowledged the problem after a September 20 field report about a 2012 Chevrolet Colorado with a missing secondary latch. On November 1 GM learned of a second report of a 2012 model without the latch. Both models were built on August 31, 2011. On one of the cars, an analysis of the hood showed the latch assembly had no evidence of welds for the secondary latch, which may mean that the latch assembly missed the weld station at the latch plate supplier.
As a consequence, GM dealers will inspect cars for the presence of the secondary hood latch. It the latch is missing, dealers will replace the hood. GM will begin notifying owners on January 17.