Certain Chevrolet Models Will Lack A Very Common Safety Feature
And it’s no thanks to the ongoing global chip shortageby Isaac Atienza, on
The ongoing global chip shortage has certainly led manufacturers to do weird measures to swim through the tide. In 2021, BMW has removed touch screen on certain models, while some brands won’t even build a car at all if it did not come with the necessary chips. Chevrolet, on the other hand, thinks that deleting the Rear Park Assist feature will help them manage the shortage in chips.
Yes, that’s right. Certain Chevrolet models will not come with a safety and convenience feature you’ve probably lived with your entire life, at least if you started driving in the 2000s. If you’ve always wanted a modern vehicle that serves as a throwback to the ’80s or older, then you’re in luck.
GM Authority says that since January 10, select Camaro models won’t come with Rear Park Assist. This is supposedly a standard feature on the 3LT, 2SS, and ZL1. Additionally, all 2022 Corvettes won’t come with Rear Park Assist. If there are vehicles that badly need these kinds of features, it would be these two vehicles, especially due to their poor rear visibility.
Even the Chevrolet Silverado, which is a full-size pickup, isn’t immune to this. Rear Park Assist was supposed to be standard on the WT Safety Package for the WT variant, and it’s also part of the Safety Package for the LT, RST, and LT Trail Boss variants. It should also be fitted outright as standard in the new ZR2 trim. On the other hand, the high-trim LTZ and High Country variants won’t come with Front and Rear Park Assist.
It isn’t clear however if the entire suite of Front and Rear/Rear Park Assist features are affected. One has to remember that since 2018, federal regulations have required every single new vehicle being sold in the United States to have a rearview camera. The most likely scenario would be that only the ultrasonic sensors have been deleted.
|Model||Affected Trim Levels||Affected Units||Rear Park Assist||Front and Rear Park Assist|
|Chevrolet Camaro||3LT, 2SS, ZL1||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Corvette||1LT, 2LT, 3LT||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Tahoe||LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, High Country||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer||LS, LT, Activ, RS||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Suburban||LS, LT, RST, Z71, Premier, High Country||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Refreshed Model)||WT, LT, RST, LT Trail Boss||Some units||X|
|Chevrolet Silverado 1500 (Refreshed Model)||LTZ, High Country||Some units||X|