GM puts brakes to sales of its midsize truck over possible recall


The recall bug has bitten General Motors yet again, and the timing could not be worse. 

The redesigned 2015 mid-size Colorado and Canyon have been on dealership lots for barely a month, but CNN says GM has sent notification to dealers to halt deliveries of the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon due to a pending recall over an airbag defect. 

GM told dealers that the driver-side airbag connections in the new midsize pickups “were wired incorrectly during the manufacturing process” which could prevent them from deploying in the event of a crash, and GM says it is working on a software patch that will fix the problem and instructed dealers to only continue deliveries of the new pickups to customers after that patch has been installed.

The majority of the trucks are still in production, while others sit on dealership lots. Very few have actually been delivered to customers. 

In a separate recall, GM has said that 2013-2014 model year Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD pickups could be affected by a faulty chassis control module. It’s unclear how many Silverado HD and Sierra HD pickups have been recalled as they are part of a larger recall of 117,651 GM vehicles sold in the U.S.

GM says the affected trucks could fail to start due to metallic slivers causing a short within the control module. Symptom of the the defect include the check engine or “service trailer brake” messages appearing on the trucks’ information centers.

GM has issued 71 recalls this year affecting about 30 million vehicles globally.