NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2005 GMC Canyon

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2005 GMC Canyon, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: BRAKE LAMP SWITCH MALFUNCTION

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ09001

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch

    Summary: On July 28,2009, GM initiated a regional recall campaign on certain model year (MY) 2004-2009 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon vehicles and MY2006-2008 Isuzu I-series vehicles.the states and U.S. territories involved are al, AZ, fl, ga, hi, la, ms, nv, nm, pr, SC, tx, vi and ut.a total of 185,903 vehicles will be recalled with 92,272 vehicles within the scope of this investigation.in addition, a special coverage/extended warranty program will be initiated forvehicles registered in all other states. GM determined that brake lamp switch failures are more likely to occur in vehicles in which customers used interior cleaners containing silicon and that reside in hot geographical locations.brake lamp switch contamination failure can cause loss of the brake lamps or the brake lamps to stay on continuously, increasing the risk of rear-end crashes.GM has reported no crashes or injuries due to the failure of the brake lamp switch.ODI initially reported one crash incident, but later downgraded the report due to the absence of actual property damage or cost incurred when the vehicle was lightly tapped from behind at low speed.this investigation is closed (see recall campaign 09V0310).

  2. INVESTIGATION: BRAKE LAMP SWITCH FAILURE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05065

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch

    Summary: By letter dated April 26, 2006, GM notified the Agency that it is conducting a safety recall (NHTSA recall no. 06V139) involving certain model year (MY) 2004-06 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and 2006 my Isuzu I280/I350 vehicles.GM's recall covers 404,733 vehicles.GM reports that loss of brake lamp illumination was caused by insufficient plating on the stationary contact in the brake lamp switch.GM will replace the brake lamp switch assembly on all involved vehicles with the new switch that has the increased plating on the stationary contact.based on GM's safety recall action, this investigation is closed.

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