GM Recalls the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon for Unexpected Braking Issue

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon bring a lot to like in a more maneuverable package than full-size trucks can offer. Tens of thousands of them might also bring unexpected automatic emergency braking, leading to a recall.

GM is pulling almost 56,000 for the issue, which it said has been blamed for 234 complaints over the last year and a few months. Four of those complaints involved accidents, and three ended in minor injuries. The recall impacts the 2023 Colorado and Canyon, and beyond the 56,000, another 6,000 or so are affected in Canada and Mexico.

Recall documentation states that the front camera system could detect objects that aren’t there, causing the automatic emergency braking system to activate and stop the vehicle. Dealers will issue the fix for free, updating the camera module as necessary.

General Motors recently stopped sales of the 2024 Canyon and Colorado to fix a software issue, but that action is not related to this recall. The automaker said it would update the software and camera modules on unsold 2024 models to prevent problems. This is the first recall for the 2023 model year trucks, but the NHTSA has recorded several complaints about the camera system and other issues.

Interestingly, several people complained to the NHTSA about the trucks’ blind spot monitoring system, saying that it failed to identify vehicles and often triggered false alarms. It is the second most common complaint behind the sketchy automatic emergency braking issue, but it’s unclear if the NHTSA will investigate the problem.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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