GM Recalls BrightDrop Zevo 600 Electric Vehicles Over Safety Airbags

GM Recalls BrightDrop Zevo 600 Electric Vehicles Over Safety Airbags

First of all, what does BrightDrop mean? Founded in January 2021 by General Motors, BrightDrop’s subsidiary is a business focused on delivery companies. Previously known as the EV600, the Zevo 600 electric utility vehicle is a medium-duty truck with Ultium battery technology.

Unveiled at the 2021 Consumer Electronics Show to critical acclaim for the vehicle’s range and cargo area, GM’s zero-emission vehicle has been recalled for safety. More specifically, 234 units manufactured for the 2023 and 2024 model years may have been fitted with an incorrect passenger-side upper B-pillar panel.

The mentioned cars were selected with a passenger jump seat. Regarding the previously mentioned panel, said trim may interfere with the installation of the airbag mounted on the roof rail. This, in turn, increases the risk of injury to passengers in the event of an accident.

Why did workers at CAMI Automotive in Canada install the wrong B-pillar trim piece no fewer than 234 times between March 3, 2023 and June 29, 2023? According to the documents submitted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationthe panel’s supplier shipped an outdated model to GM’s assembly plant.

General Motors became aware of the error on August 11 after a supplier quality engineer at CAMI Automotive discovered an incorrect design in the assembly plant’s product catalog. He voiced his concerns through Speak Up For Safety, a program created by the Detroit-based automaker in 2014 following an ignition switch defect that forced GM to recall nearly 30 million vehicles. The ignition switch problem killed 124 people.

Photo: GM / NHTSA / redacted

Returning our attention to the Zevo 600, the resulting investigation revealed that Farathane Corporation of America shipped two plates with incorrect B-pillar trim pieces: first on June 15, then on August 11. The containment effort was completed on August 15, but General Motors took over. its sweet time until October 5 to finally decide on issuing this reminder. Fortunately, no incidents related to the condition have been reported as of October 2023.

As you may have guessed by now, the solution includes a redesigned part that should have been installed on the Zevo 600 in the first place. BrightDrop dealers nationwide have been instructed to replace the incorrect part with the correct one by October 12. Customers, meanwhile, will be notified via first-class mail by November 27.

According to information sent to all BrightDrop dealers in the country, inspecting and replacing the B-pillar component takes approximately 0.3 hours of work time. Of course, Zevo 600 customers won’t be charged a cent for the repair part and labor.

AWD by default, the Zevo 600 promises up to 250 miles (402 km) of GM-estimated range. Capable of pumping a high-powered battery up to a top speed of 170 miles (274 km) per hour, the Zevo 600 is listed with a payload of 1,460 pounds (662 kg) and a cargo volume of 615 cubic feet (17,415 liters). In comparison, the smaller Zevo 400 boasts 1,800 (816) and 412 (11,667).