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Official NHTSA Recall Notice For 805,000 GM Pickups

Make / Models :         Model/Build Years: 
   
CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 	1999-2000
GMC / SIERRA 	    	1999-2000

Manufacturer : GENERAL MOTORS CORP. 	 
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number : 06V066000
Mfg's Report Date : MAR 08, 2006

Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:TAILGATE:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number Of Units Affected : 805368

Summary:
CERTAIN PICKUP TRUCKS HAVE GALVANIZED-BRAIDED-STEEL TAILGATE
SUPPORT CABLES USED TO SUPPORT THE TAILGATE IN THE FULL OPEN 
(HORIZONTAL) POSITION. OVER TIME THESE CABLES CAN CORRODE AND 
FRACTURE WHEN LOADS ARE APPLIED TO THEM.

Consequence:
IF ONE CABLE FRACTURES, THE REMAINING CABLE MAY RETAIN THE 
TAILGATE IN A HORIZONTAL POSITION. IF BOTH CABLES FRACTURE, 
THE TAILGATE WOULD DROP AND STRIKE THE TOP SURFACE OF THE REAR 
BUMPER. IF ANYONE IS SITTING OR STANDING ON THE HORIZONTAL 
SURFACE OF THE TAILGATE WHEN BOTH CABLES FRACTURED, THEY 
COULD FALL AND BE INJURED. ON VEHICLES WITHOUT A BUMPER, 
THE TAILGATE MAY DROP TO A LOWER POSITION.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE GALVANIZED SUPPORT CABLES WITH STAINLESS 
STEEL SUPPORT CABLES. IN ADDITION, DEALERS ARE TO INSPECT THE 
TAILGATE HINGE AND REPLACE IT, IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL IS 
EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING APRIL 2006. OWNERS MAY 
CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR GMC AT 1-866-996-9463.

Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 06019. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL 
HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE 
AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.