According to the Associated Press, General Motors is recalling over 145,000 pickups trucks because the hoods can unexpectedly fly open and block the driver’s vision. The recall affects Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize trucks from the 2010 through 2012 model years. The majority of the trucks were sold in North America.
The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says some of the trucks may not have a secondary hood latch. If the main latch is not fastened, the hoods can open while the trucks are in motion. GM said last Thursday that it does not know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
The automaker traced the problem to a parts supplier after getting four reports of trucks with missing secondary latches. Owners will have the option of checking the hoods for the secondary latch or taking it to a dealer. If there is not a secondary latch, GM will replace the hoods free of charge.
The recall includes 118,800 trucks in the United States, 15,264 in Canada, 7,492 in Mexico and just over 4,000 in other countries, GM said in a statement. Owners are expected to get recall notices in the mail starting next month. If you receive a recall notice be sure to take your truck in as soon as possible to have the repairs completed. If you are not sure if you truck is part of the recall, contact an authorized dealer for more information.