2000-2004 GM Pick-Up Recall

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by niceguy, Mar 19, 2004.

  1. niceguy

    niceguy LawnSite Member
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    I read this in todays Newspaper:
    GM is recalling 4 million pick-ups worldwide. Models are the 00-04 chevy silverado, GMC Siera's built between Oct 99 and Oct. 03. Also a limited amout of Escalades and Avalanches are included.
    The reason for the recall is the cable that holds the tailgate in place when the tailgate is open can corrode or fracture. There has been 134 minor injuries. If you have one of these vehicles, You will recieve notification in phases. In the meantime. Do not put a direct load on the tailgate. They will replace the cables w/ stailess steel cables.
  2. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
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    I've seen them break but haven't heard of the recall yet. I'm a GM technician full time and part time LCO. I don't see how you could get injured by it. The tailgate would stop when it hits the bumper which is only a couple of inches lower than the strap stop.
  3. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    They were falling off and hitting the vehicles behind them. I also read about the recall, and saw it on the news.
  4. logjammer

    logjammer LawnSite Member
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    I had mine break already. I heard it coming, so I took weight off of it before it hurt the tailgate. My friend had his break and he wasn't so lucky. He was taking out his mountain bike and it broke while he was on the tail gate. He fell off and dislocated his shoulder. GM gave him two new ones and said you must of nicked them. They need to bring the old style straps back that were on older trucks.

  5. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
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    Well now you shouldn't ride down the road with the gate open in the first place now should you?
  6. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
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    Amen! But that will never happen unfortunately. Evidentally, the cable straps are cheaper and lighter. Even the cable straps on our '98 F150 at work are starting to frey.
  7. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
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    is this why my tailgate fell off while mulching?
  8. I have a 2003 silverado. I recieved my recall letter yesterday stating that they will be replacing the cables soon. They say in the meantime not to put weight on the tailgate or injury may occur. Also they say to take the tailgate off if you must haul in the bed and weight will be put on the tailgate causing you load to come out.
  9. dobehap

    dobehap LawnSite Senior Member
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    I got the notice few days ago as well, to bad my cables broke long time ago, and I had them replaced with aftermarket cables myself.
  10. CNE

    CNE LawnSite Member
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    Most of the recalls that GM puts out have a reimbursement clause. If you bought new cables and still have your reciept, you should be able to go to your local dealer and get your money back. At the worst, you can have them install the new GM cables for free.

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