14456 – Hood Striker Corrosion – 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark

September 24, 2014 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 14V593000

Secondary Hood Latch Corrosion

If the secondary hood latch corrodes causing the latch to be stuck out of position, and the primary hood latch is not engaged, the hood could unexpectedly open while driving, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V593

Manufacturer General Motors LLC

Components LATCHES/LOCKS/LINKAGES

Potential Number of Units Affected 89,294

 

Summary

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Chevrolet Spark vehicles manufactured January 17, 2012, to July 29, 2014. The secondary hood latch may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot causing the striker to get stuck out of position, preventing it from properly engaging the hood latch.

 

Remedy

GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the striker with a new part which has superior corrosion protection, free of charge. The recall began on January 7, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 14456.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

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2015 Chevrolet Spark
2015 Chevrolet Spark

 


Condition

General Motors has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain 2013-2015 model year Chevrolet Spark vehicles. The involved vehicles were manufactured with a secondary hood latch that may prematurely corrode at the latch pivot causing the striker to get stuck out of position and preventing the striker from properly engaging the hood latch. If the secondary latch corrodes causing the striker to be stuck out of position, and the primary latch is not engaged, it is possible that the vehicle’s hood may open unexpectedly. If the hood opened unexpectedly while the vehicle is being driven, the driver’s vision will likely be impaired increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

 

Correction

Dealers will replace the striker with a new part which has superior corrosion protection.

 

Parts Information

Part Number Description Quantity/ Vehicle
94534170 Striker Assembly, Hood Primary Latch 1

 


Chronology :

On March 24, 2014, GM Korea received a report of three incidents of secondary hood latches corroding prematurely on Chevrolet Spark Vehicles in the United Kingdom. In two of these three incidents, the vehicle hood opened while the customer was driving.

Between March 24 and September 18, 2014, GM conducted a root cause investigation. On May 7, 2014, GM learned of an additional incident of a hood opening on a Chevrolet Spark while it was driving, which occurred in Denmark. During its investigation, GM discovered that the suspect secondary hood latch failed a 10-year component level corrosion test conducted in November 2013. As a result of that earlier failure, GM began investigating the cause of the secondary latch failure in November 2013. By February 2014, GM determined that the anti-corrosion coating applied to the secondary hood latch was deficient and did not meet GM’s requirements. At the time of the failed test in November 2013, all secondary hood latches were coated with an “ED” coat (electro deposition of zinc phosphate) rather than the required “MFC-A” coat (e.g., a phosphate and oil based corrosion protection coat). The change to MFC-A coating was implemented on July 31, 2014.

GM’s investigation revealed 10 warranty cases in the U.S. with premature corroding of the secondary hood latches.

On September 18, 2014, the Safety Field Action Decision Authority (SFADA) decided to conduct a safety recall.

 


3 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
CHEVROLET SPARK 2013-2015

 


20 Associated Documents

Recall Quarterly Report – 2015-Q1

RCLQRT-14V593-7692.PDF 28.836KB

RCLQRT-14V593-7692

 


Issued Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-14V593-1836.pdf 174.909KB

RIONL-14V593-1836

 


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-14V593-2968.pdf 146.222KB

RCRIT-14V593-2968

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-14V593-6401.pdf 68.929KB

RCMN-14V593-6401

 


Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RCONL-14V593-0355.pdf 165.27KB

RCONL-14V593-0355

 


Defect Notice(Part 573)

RCDNN-14V593-2924.pdf 26.957KB

RCDNN-14V593-2924

 


Issued Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-14V593-8502.pdf 157.846KB

RIONL-14V593-8502

 


Recall 573 Report – Amended Rev 1

RCLRPT-14V593-9014.PDF 29.245KB

RCLRPT-14V593-9014

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)- Stop Delivery Order

RCMN-14V593-8579.pdf 69.852KB

RCMN-14V593-8579

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-14V593-9717.pdf 68.921KB

RCMN-14V593-9717

 


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-14V593-9253.pdf 199.717KB

RCRIT-14V593-9253

 


Remedy Instructions and TSB

RCRIT-14V593-4409.pdf 239.784KB

RCRIT-14V593-4409

 


Recall Quarterly Report – 2015-Q2

RCLQRT-14V593-8308.PDF 28.943KB

RCLQRT-14V593-8308

 


Recall Quarterly Report – 2015-Q4

RCLQRT-14V593-1560.PDF 29.149KB

RCLQRT-14V593-1560

 


Recall Quarterly Report – 2015-Q3

RCLQRT-14V593-6152.PDF 29.049KB

RCLQRT-14V593-6152

 


Recall Quarterly Report #6, 2016-2

RCLQRT-14V593-0743.PDF 214.996KB

RCLQRT-14V593-0743

 


Recall Quarterly Report – 2016-Q1

RCLQRT-14V593-3853.PDF 214.916KB

RCLQRT-14V593-3853

 


Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-14V593-6577.pdf 50.813KB

RCAK-14V593-6577

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-14V593-2902.pdf 2.889KB

RCMN-14V593-2902

 


Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc)

RCMN-14V593-5250.pdf 63.854KB

RCMN-14V593-5250

 


Latest Recalls Documents

https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/acms/cs/documentList.xhtml?docId=14V593&docType=RCL

 


 

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