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Does Your GMC Canyon Make You Shudder?

Oct 8, 2021

The GMC Canyon has had poor safety rating and recalls since it debuted in 2004. That year, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) rated aspects of the truck’s crashworthiness as “poor” and “marginal.”

But this is not ancient history. Recalls and complaints about the Canyon continue to the current day. The 2021 GMC Canyon has already had two recalls: one about an incorrect load carrying capacity label and one about incorrect bolts used to attach seat belts. An incorrect label may lead to unintentionally overloading the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash, and if a seat belt is improperly attached to a vehicle, a passenger’s risk of injury is increased in the event of a crash.

The seat belt recall affected many GM vehicles including certain 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV and 2021 GMC Canyon and Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500, Yukon, Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV and Chevrolet Blazer, Camaro, Colorado, Equinox, Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500, Suburban and Tahoe vehicles.

In addition to the 2021 recalls, the IIHS rated the 2021 GMC Canyon as “marginal” in one area of crashworthiness, “poor” for crash avoidance and mitigation, and “marginal” for its child seat anchors.

These are the latest in a long line of recalls, poor safety ratings, and complaints about the Canyon.

Other recalls of the Canyon include one issued on July 2, 2018, when GM began a recall of certain 2015-2018 GMC Canyons, along with a number of other vehicles due to an issue with the fuel pump, which could create a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

In 2016, three recalls were issued for the Canyon, one related to the latch on a console door, and two related to improper air bag inflation.

2015 had six recalls for the Canyon for loss of power steering assist, improper air bag inflation, and brake fluid leaks.

In fact, the history of recalls for this truck go all the way back to its debut year, 2004, when three recalls were issued.

In addition to the recalls, numerous complaints have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for GMC Canyon models for every year from 2015 through 2021. Common complaints include issues with the powertrain, transmission, electrical system, steering and engine.

The details of the complaints describe instances of the truck “shaking and shuddering” when shifting gears, and difficulty shifting gears. Some drivers describe shaking and shuddering when driving at 55 mph or higher, but other say they feel vibrations even when driving at low speeds.

Other drivers complain of problems with the electrical system, with malfunctioning of the screen, radio, backup camera, and Bluetooth.

If you are frustrated by problems with your GMC Canyon, you are not the only one, and you are not at the mercy of dealers who deny that the problem even exists.

You have options. The law protects you.

Our attorneys at Timothy Abeel & Associates have years of experience negotiating with GMC and other automakers to get results for our clients. And we never charge our clients any fees. Our fees are paid by the auto manufacturers when we get a settlement or award for you. Contact us today to find out more about how our team can help you.

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