For a little over $21,000, you can buy a new Chevrolet Trax in the U.S. The subcompact SUV promises to offer a decent ride and interior space, in a body style that has become extremely popular these past few years.
If, however, you already own a Trax, you should be aware of a recall campaign conducted by General Motors and the NHTSA. It affects 112,958 cars produced between July 1, 2017, and April 4, 2019, and the issue is that the suspension could fall off.
Yep, you heard that well. The feds explained that “in some of these vehicles, a joint in one or both front lower-control arms may have been improperly welded”. As a result, “over time and in rare cases, an improperly welded joint can fatigue and break, causing the lower-control arm to partially separate from the vehicle”. The steering can be affected if this happens, which inevitably increases the risk of an accident.
Fortunately, GM is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this condition. They did, however, receive two warranty claims until mid-April, when they decided to conduct a safety recall.
A notification schedule has yet to be provided, but dealers have already been informed and will inspect the left and right lower-control arms, replacing the latter assembly if necessary. Owners who have taken care of these faulty parts will be reimbursed.
Until you hear from the bowtie brand, you can get in touch with GM or the NHTSA and find out more about this safety campaign at 1-800-222-1020 and 1-888-327-4236, respectively.