GM Recalls More than 600,000 Crossovers For Liftgate Issue
Gas Struts May Wear Prematurely, Cause Injury
Power liftgates are one of those features appreciated by crossover, minivan, and SUV buyers everywhere. When you have a baby or several bags of groceries in your arms, the last thing you want to do is fiddle with opening the rear hatch. But like many other modern conveniences, higher sophistication brings more mechanical complexity, and more of a chance for Murphy’s Law to rear its ugly head. Many of GM’s popular Lambda fullsize crossovers, including the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia, and now-discontinued Saturn Outlook, came equipped with a power liftgate. GM is conducting a massive recall covering 686,287 units from the 2007 to 2012 model years for a condition in which the gas-charged struts can lose pressure over time and potentially fall, causing injury.
The original design of the struts and liftgate mechanism made the struts susceptible to dirt contamination deteriorating the seal between the strut and shaft, weakening the assist beyond the capacity of the power prop rod mechanism, which was designed to hold the liftgate up in the event of a strut failure. GM will reprogram the control module for the power liftgate to prevent it from closing too quickly. You can check if your vehicle is affected by going to recalls.gm.com and entering your vehicle identification number (VIN).