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NHTSA Campaign Id 04V129000; Date: Mar. 17, 2004

Anyone sitting or standing on the horizontal surface of the tailgate when both cables fractured could be injured by falling from the tailgate. On vehicles that have had the bumper removed, the tailgate may drop even lower. Additionally, if there is cargo on the tailgate the cargo may fall off if the support cables fracture.

icon1 Recalled Vehicles:

2002 Cadillac Escalade Ext 2003 Cadillac Escalade Ext 2004 Cadillac Escalade Ext 2002 Chevrolet Avalanche 2003 Chevrolet Avalanche 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche 2003 Chevrolet Kodiak 2004 Chevrolet Kodiak 2000 Chevrolet Silverado 2001 Chevrolet Silverado 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2003 Chevrolet Silverado 2004 Chevrolet Silverado 2000 GMC Sierra 2001 GMC Sierra 2002 GMC Sierra 2003 GMC Sierra 2004 GMC Sierra 2003 GMC Topkick 2004 GMC Topkick

Component: Structure:body:tailgate:hinge And Attachments

Manufactured by: General Motors Corp.

Affected Units:: 3,662,211

icon3 Recall Summary:

On certain pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles, the galvanized steel tailgate support cables that retain the tailgate in the full open (horizontal) position may corrode, weaken, and eventually fracture. If both cables fractured, the tailgate would suddenly drop and strike the top surface of the rear bumper.

icon2 How to Fix:

Dealers will replace the cables. Interim owner notification began on April 7, 20004. The recall began on September 24, 2004, when replacement parts were available, and will continue through October 29, 2004. Owners should contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438 or GMC at 1-866-996-9463, or visit www. Mygmlink. Com, and enter your vehicle identification number.

icon4 Recall Notes:

Gm recall no. 04007. Customers can also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).

Date Owners notified by Manufacturer: Sep 18, 2004

Also see:

All recalls of Cadillac vehicles.

More recall documents on nhtsa.gov.