GM Puts Stop-Delivery Order On Colorado, Canyon Twins

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

If you ordered one of General Motors’ new mid-size pickups, your delivery may be a bit late, thanks to an airbag recall.

Automotive News reports dealers received a note last week from GM informing them that the automaker had notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of an “upcoming safety and noncompliance recall” involving the driver’s side airbag connection being incorrectly wired while the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon twins were on the assembly line:

This condition will cause the driver-side airbags to not function as designed and may adversely affect the crash performance of the driver-side airbags.

GM says it will deliver a software update to its dealerships “in the next few days,” allowing service techs to reprogram the affected airbag’s sensing and diagnostic module prior to delivery. That said, most of the affected are either at the Wentzville, Mo. assembly plant, in transit, or unsold on the lot.

Speaking of sales of the twins, the automaker reported 36 Colorados and 11 Canyons heading for the old dirt road to the beer-fueled barnyard disco in September.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Redav Redav on Oct 06, 2014

    Some automakers include free floor mats or a free oil change with every purchase. It appears GM includes a free recall or two. It makes you wonder how many they have lying around in stock that they can give so many away. "You get a recall! YOU get a recall! EVERYONE GETS A RECALL!!!"

  • Balreadysaid Balreadysaid on Oct 06, 2014

    The Silverado and Sierra are @ 5 recalls or more after the sale right now. It would be very stupid to roll out this truck in the same fashion. Customers currently are unhappy with the recalls and what the recalls consist of. Being in auto repair business 6 of my customers so far have purchased the new 14 gm truck. all of them are very dissatisfied customers, and the dealer they purchased from is top notch. I have purchased vehicles from same dealer, and cant say anything bad about them. Its the product GM is handing them to sell with too many flaws. This little version needs to impress for them to move forward. Good thing they are on top of the first recall! I am afraid they have more to go though...

  • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Oct 06, 2014

    I'm waiting for the airbag recall that is the result of the airbag spontaneously firing while the vehicle is on the transporter. Imagine the show you could get just driving down the interstate and overtaking a transporter while it was happening.

  • Scoutdude Scoutdude on Oct 06, 2014

    This certainly doesn't bode well for this trucks and I'm not talking about the recall. I'm talking about the fact that in two weeks on sale they have sold less than 50. According to the internet pundits the US market was clamoring for this truck and were willing to over pay for it just so they could have a mid size truck. Either the truck is that bad in person or the truth is that the internet pundits were just following their MO. Claim they want something sooooo bad but then when the time comes they aren't willing to put their money down and drive one home, along with projecting their desires on the general public.

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    • Pch101 Pch101 on Oct 07, 2014

      @Pch101 My sense is that GM would not have given this the green light if the sales expectations were only mid-five figures. They have spent too much money on it to justify low volumes. I am willing to bet that their internal expectations are north of 100k units per year. But they're going to downplay it to the press, while their dealer relations staff works hard to get pre-orders. (I have a feeling that they'll be horsetrading higher end Silverado allocations in exchange for Colorado orders.)