Chevrolet Silverado rear view. GM issued a recall over faulty brake caliper bolts.

If you just bought a new Chevrolet or GMC pickup truck, you might need to take it back to the dealer for a vital recall repair. General Motors is recalling over 20,000 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks from the 2020 model year because the brakes may fail.

Bolts that secure the brake calipers—which grab the brake rotors to slow or stop the vehicle—may not have been manufactured correctly and could break. If this happens, the caliper may fall off and interfere with wheel rotation and/or make it harder to stop the vehicle. Both of these flaws could cause a crash.

A GM spokesman told Consumer Reports that there have been no crashes or injuries due to this problem. The automaker will repair any affected vehicles free of charge, and vehicles still on dealer lots will be repaired before they’re sold.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks manufactured between Jan. 9, 2020, and Jan. 25, 2020.

The problem: A supplier that provides the bolts that fasten the brake calipers on these trucks made a change in its manufacturing process without approval from GM, a GM spokesman told CR. Internal investigations conducted by GM and the supplier found that the bolts could potentially break under a heavy load and affect brake performance.

The fix: Dealers will replace the faulty bolts free of charge. Owners of affected vehicles will be notified starting April 13, 2020.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 866-522-9559.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V116. GM's own number for this recall is N202294420.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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