GM Recalls 323,000 HD Trucks Because The Tailgates Keep Falling Open

Rear three-quarter view of the 2024 Silverado HD ZR2 Bison on an off-road trail

Getting a recall notice is never a positive experience. Especially if it is on a brand-new vehicle. GM is feeling the pinch because it had to announce the recall of 323,232 Chevrolet and GMC HD trucks due to their tailgates spontaneously falling open.

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Why Are Tailgates Falling Open?

This recall is directed at Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks with model years between 2020 and 2024. This recall also applies to 2500 and 3500 models, but only those with a power latch on the tailgate.

The cause of the tailgates randomly opening is due to its design allowing water to enter the electronic switch used to secure the latch, causing it to short-circuit. As a result, this can cause the latch to unlock and open the tailgate while in park. While the HD trucks would remain still, chances are the tailgate would remain upright. But once the vehicle is in motion, it would likely fall open.

What Is The Fix?

In addition to GM recalling 323k new HD trucks, the automaker has issued a notice for all dealers to stop selling these vehicles for the time being. A statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that these trucks cannot be driven or traded with other dealers. It also states that any certified pre-owned pickup trucks for sale at dealerships that also fall under this recall will have that certification revoked until repairs are made.

How Many HD Trucks Are Affected?

So what kind of repairs need to be made? It turns out, it’s a fairly simple solution. Customers would have to bring their HD trucks to their local General Motors dealership to have their defective switch with a more water-resistant one. Owners can expect recall notices in the mail starting March 18th.

The total number of HD trucks affected is 128,966 Silverados and 194,266 GMC Sierras as either the 2500 or 3500 models. There were a reported 136 complaints regarding the spontaneously opened tailgates, prompting the recall notices to be issued.

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