The investigation list at the NHTSA just keeps getting longer and longer. The newest investigation involves the door handles of 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon SUVs. A preliminary investigation was opened last September after a series of eighty owner complaints, with owners reporting injuries sustained from the door handles.
Apparently, when a door handle was pulled, the metal plating inside the assembly would peel away and become exposed. The next time the door handle was pulled, the owner’s fingers would come in contact with the metal, resulting in cuts to the fingers. Injuries ranged from mild to severe paper-cuts.
According to GM spokesperson Alan Adler, “I think we need to look heavier into [the issue] and then decide what the right remedy to it would be.”
Last month, the NHTSA escalated the case to engineering analysis – a stage where it could issue a vehicle recall based on its findings. It believes that more than 433,000 Tahoes and Yukons may be involved. GM engineers are currently cooperating with NHTSA in finding a solution to the issue.[Source: Automobile]