The Chevrolet Equinox is well known for being a great option if you’re looking to purchase a compact SUV. The car has several high-tech safety features and well designed interiors that make them an attractive buy. Despite its seemingly positive reputation, several 2016-2022 Chevy Equinox models have been recalled for a number of issues. Common problems include a high-pressure fuel pump, bad rear brake calipers, Powertrain issues, and more.
It is always concerning when vehicles are recalled. If you think you own a defective Chevy Equinox keep reading to find out everything drivers should know about common problems and recalls.
If you leased or purchased a defective 2016-2022 Chevy Equinox in California it is very likely that you are entitled to compensation. Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers for a free Chevy Lemon Law case evaluation.
If you haven’t heard about vehicle recalls before you may be wondering what exactly that means. A vehicle recall is issued when a vehicle manufacturer (in this case, Chevrolet) or a government-mandated regulatory body such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration identifies a potential problem with a component of the vehicle and requests that all affected vehicles be brought back to the manufacturer and repaired.
When a recall is issued, the dealer is required to notify owners so that they can have their vehicles repaired and manufacturers will often send out owner notification letters.
The internet is full of information about Equinox recalls, and it can be confusing to make sense of it all. This is why we have summarized the most important recalls according to the model year to give you a good idea of which models are known to be more problematic than others.
General Motors Truck Company (GMC) is responsible for manufacturing many of the parts used in Chevrolet Equinox vehicles. Should you experience a problem with your vehicle, you can contact Chevrolet customer service or contact GMC customer service directly to inform them of the problems you are experiencing.
There were several recalls issued on the 2021 and 2022 models. Both models had similar issues. The details of these recalls are described in the sections below.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), several 2021 and 2022 model Chevrolet Equinox vehicles had problems with their tires. The NHTSA found that vehicles with certain Hankook tires were being manufactured without enough curative agent, an important chemical that holds the tire threads together.
This resulted in thread separation, a potentially dangerous occurrence that caused several users to contact GMC customer service and Chevrolet customer service departments. Recalled vehicles had their tires replaced free of charge.
Seat belts are essential for keeping the occupants of a vehicle safe, so when problems with seat belts occur, they require immediate attention. In 2020, GMC recalled several vehicles, including the Chevy Equinox, Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe.
According to a report from the NHTSA, unsuitable bolts could have been utilized at the fastening sites. Therefore, a seat belt may not be correctly fastened to the car if the incorrect bolt is used. A seat belt system that is not correctly fastened to the vehicle may not effectively restrict a passenger during a collision, which increases the risk of injuries.
Another recall in 2019 involved problems with the rear brake calipers. The NHTSA noted that the incorrect lubricant was used in these calipers. This could cause the brakes to drag due to a swelling in the rubber seals.
Subsequently, a brake drag could cause the brake pads to overheat, which could lead to a significant decrease in rear brake performance. This increases the risk of a crash. As a result, GMC recalled thousands of vehicles to replace their rear brake calipers, brake fluid, hose gasket, and wheel to hub lubricant.
In 2019 and 2020, four-wheel-drive Chevy Equinox vehicles were recalled because of issues with their fuel tanks. This was because these fuel tanks had a seal that wasn’t sealed well, causing fuel to leak out of the tank near the fuel inlet.
A leaking fuel system could potentially cause a fire if there is a source of ignition nearby, which is why a recall of these models was issued to have the fuel tank replaced. Equinox owners are encouraged to contact their dealer or the Chevrolet customer service department as soon as possible if they notice any issues with their fuel tank.
There were also a number of manufacturing defects noted with the 2018 and 2019 Equinox models.
In 2020, GM issued a safety recall on the 2018 to 2020 Chevy Equinox models. This was because of missing bolts in the start and stop accumulator endcap. These missing bolts could lead to an oil leak in the vehicle’s transmission, which may cause a loss of propulsion.
This may increase a vehicle’s risk of crashing and significantly increase the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source. Fortunately, GM is recalling these models to check and replace any missing bolts.
GM is recalling the 2018 and 2019 Equinox models because of inadequate coating in the rear brake caliper pistons. When there is an insufficient amount of coating, gas pockets can form in these calipers, affecting the performance of the brakes.
In turn, this could increase the risk of a crash because of a loss of control of the vehicle’s brake system. Fortunately, owners of these models can have their braking system checked and replaced free of charge. Vehicle owners are encouraged to contact Chevrolet customer service if they own a 2018 or 2019 model and suspect that there may be a problem with the rear brakes.
Some 2018 Chevrolet Equinox vehicles have been recalled because the window glass on the front passenger-side door had not been tempered correctly. The NHTSA found that these window glasses did not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205.
A window glass that hasn’t been tempered well will break into large pieces should there be a crash, which increases the passenger’s risk of being injured. Dealers were given the go-ahead to replace these window glasses in a 2018 recall.
GM is recalling 2018 Equinox models because of a joint that had not been welded correctly, causing a fuel leak.
According to GM, the supplier of these pumps may not have correctly soldered the junction that links the gasoline pump’s outer casing to the flange. That weld could fail, causing the high-pressure fuel line to separate from the flange and could lead to oscillation within the engine.
When you start spraying highly flammable gases into heated auto parts, the moving pumps can destroy the high-pressure fuel line, which will produce even greater pressure to build up. 2018 Equinox owners will be glad to know that GMC has issued a recall to rectify the issue.
Almost 3,000 vehicles, including the 2018 Chevy Equinox, are being recalled by GMC because the intermediate driveshaft located at the front of the vehicle can separate while the SUV is moving.
During the production of a 2018 Terrain SUV in July 2017, an assembly factory noticed a detached front right intermediate driveshaft. This driveshaft was certified to have cleared the supplier’s ultrasonic checks for flaws, but three more damaged shafts were discovered at the assembly factory.
As you may have already noticed, manufacturers often let major issues fall through the cracks when producing a vehicle. If you’ve experienced any issues with your Chevrolet Equinox, contact Cali Lemon Lawyers today for a free case evaluation.
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