Legally reviewed by: Jessica Anvar Stotz, JD, MBA

General Motors (GM) has announced a recall that affects a substantial number of its heavy-duty trucks. The recall pertains to GM’s Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickups, covering over 300,000 2020 through 2024 vehicles.

In response to the issue, GM has imposed a sales halt on current trucks in dealerships until necessary repairs can be carried out.

ManufacturerGeneral Motors (GM)
Affected ModelsChevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 (2020-2024), GMC Sierra 2500/3500 (2020-2024)
IssueUnexpected tailgate openings due to water intrusion at the electronic gate-release switch
RemedyDealers to upgrade the exterior touchpad switch assemblies
Recall InitiatedFebruary 1, 2024
Recall NumberN232426400
Chevrolet Customer Contact Number1-(800)-222-1020
GMC Customer Contact Number1-(800)-462-8782
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    Upon further investigation, the recall potentially impacts 128,966 Chevy Silverados and 194,266 GMC Sierras, specifically those in HD 2500 or 3500 HD configurations. The recall documents cite 136 complaints related to unexpected tailgate openings, which have resulted in one minor injury claim and three property damage claims. Here is a rundown of the make, model, and years of the vehicles implicated:

    • Chevrolet Silverado 2500 (2020-2024)
    • Chevrolet Silverado 3500 (2020-2024)
    • GMC Sierra 2500 (2020-2024)
    • GMC Sierra 3500 (2020-2024)

    Chevy and GMC Tailgate Recall Issue Overview

    The recall issued for Chevy and GMC trucks is rooted in the power lock and release function present in trucks equipped with manual tailgates. It’s important to note that trucks with different tailgate types are not part of this recall. As per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall report, the problem arises when water interacts with the electronic gate-release switch inside the tailgate. This interaction can cause a short circuit, leading to the tailgate unlatching unexpectedly when the vehicle is parked. This could potentially allow the contents of the truck bed to spill out, posing a road hazard.

    GM initiated an investigation into this matter on November 21, 2023, following complaints about unwanted tailgate openings in vehicles featuring the same unsealed tailgate-release switch. GM’s subsequent analysis and testing revealed that the tailgate design in the affected vehicles was prone to water intrusion at the switch location.

    A review of related field incidents, concluded on January 5, 2024, identified 136 complaints alleging an unwanted tailgate opening “while driving.” However, the body control module’s (BCM) control logic would prevent the tailgate latch from releasing when the vehicle is in gear, even if the BCM receives a release signal from the exterior touchpad switch.

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    GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado Tailgate Fix

    The solution proposed by GM involves dealers upgrading the exterior touchpad switch assemblies with a new material that is more resistant to water intrusion.

    This upgrade was implemented in production from August 1, 2023. GM has informed dealers of the recall as of February 1, and owners are expected to start receiving notification letters beginning March 18, 2024. To see if your vehicle is included in any recalls, you can input your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on the NHTSA recalls website or the GM Owner Center.

    For further assistance or any queries related to the recall, Chevrolet customers can reach out to customer support at 1-(800)-222-1020, and GMC customers at 1-(800)-462-8782.

    The recall number designated by General Motors for this specific issue is N232426400. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety can also be contacted at 1-(888)-327-4236 for more comprehensive information about vehicle safety and recalls.

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