Recall Alert: Chevrolet, GMC, Isuzu Trucks and Ford E-250 Wheelchair Vans
August 5, 2009
It's time for another Recall Round-Up, and this time the themes are brakes and wheelchair lifts. The Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon/Isuzu I-Series are being recalled for bad brake light switches; the Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC Topkick, the Chevrolet T-Series and the Isuzu F- and H-Series' are being recalled for bad air compressors; and nearly every wheelchair accessible, full-size van model made in the last 20 years is being recalled for bad sensors.
First up are the Chevrolet/GMC/Isuzu compact trucks, specifically those made from 2004 to 2009. Every copy of the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Isuzu I-280, I-290, I-350 and I-370 sold in Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Utah is recalled due to corrosion of the brake light switch. A contaminated switch could cause the brake lights to either stay on all the time or not work at all, either of which could result in an accident because following motorists wouldn't know what the affected vehicle was doing. GM will inspect and replace the switches for free under NHTSA Recall ID No. 09V310000, though you don't need to rush out the door right now. GM says the parts will be available by February of next year, so it may be several months before they're ready to inspect your vehicle. If you experience the problem and need a temporary fix in the meantime, you'll be required to return once the replacement parts are in to complete the recall. 185,903 vehicles in total are affected by this recall.
Next are the big trucks, the Chevrolet Kodiak, GMC Topkick, Chevrolet T-Series, and Isuzu F- and H-Series, all of the 2006 to 2009 vintage. They're being recalled because the air compressors that create the pressure for their air brakes may not be strong enough. If the air pressure doesn't rise above minimum levels, the air brakes will lock up when the vehicle comes to a stop and remain that way until the pressure builds high enough. Dealers will modify the suppression valve in the compressor or replace the compressor free of charge under NHTSA Recall ID No. 09V309000 beginning this month. 1880 vehicles are affected.
Now, the last time we did a Recall Round-Up, you may remember we included the model-year 2006 Ford E-250 full-size van equipped with the Rincon wheelchair lift. The lift had a faulty sensor that could allow it to operate when a user wasn't properly secured, possibly resulting in an injury to the person in the wheelchair. That recall has now expanded to cover just about every van ever fitted with the Rincon lift. They include the 2004 to 2009 Ford E-Series vans, the 1994 Ford E-Series vans, the 2000 and 2006 Dodge Sprinter vans, the 2005 to 2007 Chevrolet Express vans, the 2005 to 2007 GMC Savanna vans and the 1996 Chevrolet G-20 van. If you have any of these vans equipped with a Rincon lift, two sensors that detect the presence of a wheelchair to prevent the lift from operating or folding when it shouldn't could be defective and lead to an injury. Thankfully, only 53 vans in total are expected to be recalled and will be repaired for free by the wheelchair-accessible van dealers they were purchased from.