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Old 02-23-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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GM Recall for Trailer Hitch Cracking on 2014 Silverado 1500

Does any one have information on a GM recall for trailer hitch cracking on GM 2014-15 1500's. I got a notice from Onstar but no real information Click image for larger version

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Old 02-23-2016, 08:44 AM   #2
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I would call your dealer. They should have a list of the affected serial #'s

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Old 02-23-2016, 08:48 AM   #3
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I googled it and got several informative hits.
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it is a good idea for all GM owners to check the receiver regularly. They do crack.
The pictures are from my 97 2500 after our trip to Alaska. I replaced it with a quality receiver
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Found a GM forum and got some info. Basically they've had some failures of welds and are going to replace the hitch platform. But from what I see the dealers don't have the parts yet. Typical.

http://www.gm-trucks.com/forums/topi...ith-z82/page-3
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:07 AM   #6
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Go to the GM website and setup an owner assistance account for your vehicle using your VIN. http://www.gm.com/owner-assistance.html

You can find out about all recalls affecting your vehicle there as well as access owners manuals and other vehicle info.
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Good advice: if your tow vehicle came from the factory with a receiver hitch, pitch it in the trash and get the heaviest one you can find from Curt, Reese, etc.




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Old 02-23-2016, 10:35 AM   #8
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We cut off the stock 1,200 pound rated receiver on our Ram 2500HD and installed a Curt 15049 rated 2,550 pounds of tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer. So far that covers the Airstream product world.

Here is a link to the Class 5 hitche Curt offers for the 2014 1500 Silverado:

http://www.curtmfg.com/HitchLookup/f...class5xtraduty

It is rated for 2,400 pounds of tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer using weight distribution.

This is a bolt on unit.
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GM has had weak round tube hitches for a long time now. I had a bad one on a 2003 2500HD. Come on GM can't you guys buy a better hitch for vehicles designed to tow?

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We cut off the stock 1,200 pound rated receiver on our Ram 2500HD and installed a Curt 15049 rated 2,550 pounds of tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer. So far that covers the Airstream product world.

Here is a link to the Class 5 hitche Curt offers for the 2014 1500 Silverado:

http://www.curtmfg.com/HitchLookup/f...class5xtraduty

It is rated for 2,400 pounds of tongue weight and a 17,000 pound trailer using weight distribution.

This is a bolt on unit.

I had that Curt Class V receiver on my 1995 F250. What a beast that was!

When I had a custom rear bumper made I had the receiver built into it. Another beast! Bumper weighs 350 lbs, and the fabricator did a great job of incorporating the receiver.

I like it a LOT!




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What a thrill when the entire receiver hitch falls off the truck while towing a 5 to 10 thousand pound trailer " of any kind " down the highway at 65 to 70 miles an hour ! 99% of the time the safety chains are connected to the trucks receiver hitch as well as the break away cable that activates the trailer brakes .
And pitty the poor family that gets rammed head on by a completely out of control heavy trailer killing all on board !
The lawyers will be jumping for joy !:-(
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What a thrill when the entire receiver hitch falls off the truck while towing a 5 to 10 thousand pound trailer " of any kind " down the highway at 65 to 70 miles an hour ! 99% of the time the safety chains are connected to the trucks receiver hitch as well as the break away cable that activates the trailer brakes .
And pitty the poor family that gets rammed head on by a completely out of control heavy trailer killing all on board !
The lawyers will be jumping for joy !:-(

Has any of this story ever actually happened? If so a source would be nice to read.
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Old 02-23-2016, 06:26 PM   #14
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If GM offers you a new hitch ask for the cash instead. Go get a real hitch from one of the many aftermarket folks. My 2004 2500HD hitch failed as did my 2007 2500HD. Cracks at the welds. GM round bar hitch is simply junk.
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