Australia’s Performax International has issued recalls for several of its large pickup models from Chevrolet, GMC and Dodge.
The first surrounds 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD models, along with GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 HDs from the same years.
A weakness has been identified with the brake pedal pivot nut which may become loose, causing the brake pedal to be loose or inoperative.
Loose pedal operation may interfere with a driver’s braking attempts, creating a hazard for the vehicle occupants and other road users. The pedal may also interfere with the throttle pedal, if loose.
Affected models were sold in Australia between January 2015 and March of this year.
The Dodge RAM 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups have also been recalled, sold in Australia between January 2012 and October 2014.
A weakness has been identified with the steering wheel wiring harness, which may become damaged by the driver airbag module retainer spring.
Damage to the wiring harness could result in an electrical short, which may trigger the airbag to deploy when not required.
A separate recall affects RAM 2500 Heavy Duty models sold between January 2013 and January 2015.
The Occupant Restraint Control (ORC) module software on these vehicles may not have been calibrated correctly for side impacts, allowing side or curtain airbags to deploy when not required. Seatbelt pre-tensioners may also deploy without warning.
A third recall involves RAM 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty pickups, sold between January 2010 and September 2013.
A weakness has been identified with the diesel fuel heater electrical connector, which may overheat resulting in a fuel leak.
Should the O-ring fail allowing diesel to leak, a fire could result.
The final recall involves RAM 2500 and 3500 Heavy Duty models, sold between January 2012 and December last year.
The front suspension track bar frame bracket may have been improperly welded to the frame rail during the manufacturing process.
If this weld was to fail, the steering system could be compromised causing a loss of steering control for the driver.
Speaking with TMR, Performax International General Manager Glenn Soper said the latest recall campaigns are as a consequence of the North American Original Equipment Manufacturers.
“The recalls have been identified as part of Performax’s Conformity of Production controls and our commitment to adherence of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act,” Mr Soper said.
“There are 99 vehicles in Australia that fall under our banner and we will do our utmost to resolve all the outlined recall issues in a timely manner.”
Performax will attempt to contact affected owners shortly, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact Performax or their local Performax dealer.