GM recalls 135,400 Buick Encore GX and Chevy Trailblazer models over emergency jack

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Auto giant General Motors has announced the recall of the Buick Encore GX and Chevrolet Trailblazer models due to an emergency jack issue.

A safety report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the emergency jack for the Encore GX and Trailblazer may break if not installed according to the instructions in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. This could be bad news if someone changed a wheel, or worse, was under a car.

The safety report notes that a GM test driver reported a broken jack during the 2021 Trailblazer durability test. A GM engineer then reported the issue through the GM Speak Up for Safety program on March 31, 2021. On April 20, GM launched an investigation into the matter. GM soon confirmed that the jack had failed due to being incorrectly positioned under the vehicle.

The automaker has also identified 21 claims for the same issue.

The recall affects 55,996 Buick Encore GX vehicles built between March 23, 2020 and June 3, 2020, as well as 79,404 Chevrolet Trailblazers that rolled off the assembly line between March 16, 2020, and May 8, 2021.

To solve this problem, dealerships will simply replace the plastic jack with a new one made of metal that is less prone to breakage due to misuse. Dealers were informed of the problem on June 10 and owners will be notified on July 26.