Chevy Trax owners will find a recall notification in their mailboxes soon as General Motors plans to recall 112,958 of the sub-compact crossovers for faulty lower-control arms.
Recall documents GM filed with the NHTSA were made public on Thursday. The recall covers Trax crossovers from the 2017-2019 model years and GM estimates half of the recalled Chevy Trax vehicles have the defect. Specifically, the lower-control arm could separate from the front wheel, which would cause the front wheel to toe outward. Steering and handling performance will be adversely affected if the Trax’s lower-control arm separates. The tire may also rub against the wheel well. All cases increase the risk of a crash.
The problem comes from bad welds that do not conform to design specifications. The Trax models with the faulty lower-control arm will have component surfaces improperly welded to the bushing.
GM said it became aware of the problem via a notification through its internal Speak Up For Safety program that launched after the automaker’s ignition switch recall and encourages employees to bring up safety defects.
The automaker said it corrected the flaw in the manufacturing process, but affected vehicle owners will be told to bring their Trax to a dealership for inspection and potential replacement of the control arm.
Dealers are aware of the upcoming recall but GM said it does not have a timeframe for when owners will receive notification that the recall will begin.