A Spontaneous Tailgate: GM recalling over 200,000 heavy duty trucks due to tailgate malfunction

Toronto, Ontario — General Motors (GM) has issued a recall for 222,490 vehicles in Canada and over 300,000 vehicles worldwide due to tailgates that can spontaneously unlatch and spill cargo.

The vehicles specifically affected include the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra from the 2020 to 2023 model years. Some heavy duty models from 2024 are also affected.

The issue stems from improper sealing that can allow water to leak into the exterior tailgate switch, causing it to unlatch and open unexpectedly.

If this happens while the driver is unaware, the automaker notes that this could increase the risk of collision by allowing improperly secured cargo to fall out onto the road.

To fix the issue, GM dealers will need to replace the exterior tailgate switch with a new material that improves resistance to “water intrusion.”

Currently, GM has also ordered a stop-sale for current possibly affected trucks on dealer lots until they can be repaired.

Owner letters for drivers with affected vehicles are expected to begin arriving on March 18.


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