GM Stops Delivery of the 2015 Colorado and Canyon
General Motors has announced an issue with its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks. A problem has arisen with the wiring harness that connects the driver-side airbag. This could potentially lead to the two-stage airbag deploying at the wrong force in an accident.
The problem originates to some crossed wires, literally. GM says the crossed connections within the wiring harness will lead to the “two-stage airbag system reversing the deployment sequence and disruption the deployment timing of the driver airbag stages.”
Thankfully, GM says most of the trucks are still in transit or on dealer lots. Only a few have made the transition into customers’ hands. The trucks will all undergo repairs to correct the bad connections. Like all recall situations, repairs will be done at no cost to the customers.
While this certainly isn’t GM’s first recall situation, it comes as the first hit to the Colorado and Canyon trucks. Moreover, this recall affects a critical safety system that is imperative to saving lives. While it halts the sale of GM’s latest truck and adds to the company’s tarnished public image, at least the GM can report there have been no known crashes, injuries, or deaths from the incident.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Why It Matters
A recall on such a major safety system is a concerning issue. With the driver’s airbag potentially deploying at the wrong velocity specified for a crash, owners could be subject to an over use of force in slow-speed crashes or an underuse of force in high speed crashes. We’re just glad GM caught the issue before anyone got hurt. That certainly would not be positive publicity as the automaker recovers from the whole ignition-key debacle.
The Chevrolet Colorado and its corporate twin, the GMC Canyon, are all-new for 2015. The trucks slot under the Silverado in terms of size and base price, and cater to those looking for a more compact vehicle that still has plenty of capability as a truck.
The Colorado and Canyon come powered by a 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder or a 3.6-liter V-6. Both engines offer great hauling and towing capacity while getting competitive fuel-economy numbers.
Pricing for the Chevy Colorado starts at $20,995 with the GMC Canyon starting just north of that. The trucks will top out in the upper $30,000 range with the top trim level and option boxes checked.