General Motors has issued a recall for certain examples of the 2019-2020 model year Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, as the trucks have bed cover mounting points that may not hold Rugged Liner-brand tri-fold hard tonneau covers on properly.
The defect: on affected GM pickups, the attachment system used to mount the hard tonneau cover to the bed rails may not have been properly installed by the dealer.
The hazards: if the hard tonneau cover was not properly installed on affected GM pickups, it may fly off while the vehicle is in motion. Owners say they have noticed the tonneau cover shifting and moving on the bed rails and hearing a noise coming from the cover prior to it detaching. The automaker says it has received 85 warranty filings related to the hard tri-fold tonneau covers detaching from their mounting points thus far.
Affected components: Rugged Liner tri-fold hard tonneau cover, bed rail tonneau cover mounts.
Number of affected vehicles: about 15,000 Rugged Liner-brand tri-fold hard tonneau covers are affected by this recall, GM says.
The fix: dealers will replace the tonneau rails and clamps on affected GM pickups. They will also add tethers to prevent tonneau covers from detaching while driving, even if they have been improperly installed by the dealership.
Owners should: wait for GM to contact them, at which point they will be instructed to make an appointment with a certified GM dealer. This recall is expected to begin on June 1st, 2020. Additionally, if owners are unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected, they can visit my.gm.com/
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-630-2438
- GMC Customer Service: 1-800-462-8782
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153