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GM Recalls 4 Million Trucks
Source: General Motors
Published: March 18, 2004
General Motors Corp. is recalling 4 million 2000-2004 model-year full-size pickup trucks to replace tailgate support cables that may corrode and fracture.

The recall involves certain 2000-2004 Chevrolet Silverado's and GMC Sierra's built between October 1999 and October 2003. Also, some 2002-04 Chevrolet Avalanche and Cadillac Escalade EXT trucks built between March 2001 and October 2003 are being recalled.

There have been reports of 134 minor injuries related to this condition but no crashes or fatalities.

The automaker said due to the large number of vehicles involved in this recall, the replacement cables will not be available immediately, so the notification and repair process will occur in phases. For now GM advises all owners to avoid applying direct loads to the tailgate until the cables can be inspected and, if necessary, replaced.

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Hey Houtex,

Funny you mention that. I was talking to a good friend yesterday and he was at a tailgate party last week just sitting on his tailgate and BANG both cables let go1. He fell off (with no injuries) but what was odd was when he got home and looked at his mail, the recall notice was there. Weird!

AND, he said that both cables looked perfectly fine, with no corrosion showing or anything.

Pickup owners, have them replaced. :flag
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