The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2004 Chevrolet Colorado, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: INADVERTENT FRONT AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE04076

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: November 10, 2004
    • Date Closed: March 14, 2005
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags
    Air Bags:Frontal

    Summary: All reports indicate inadvertent deployment during ignition start-up (key-on) and with the vehicle not in motion.reported injuries were minor and consist of skin abrasion and bruises.the incident dates ranged from July through November 2004.ODI has received no additional reports since opening this investigation. A safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted.accordingly, this investigation is closed.the closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist.the Agency will monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances.

  2. INVESTIGATION: BRAKE LAMP SWITCH MALFUNCTION

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #RQ09001

    Component(s): Exterior Lighting
    Exterior Lighting:Brake Lights:Switch

    Summary: On July 28,2009, GM initiated a regional recall campaign on certain model year (MY) 2004-2009 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC canyon vehicles and MY2006-2008 Isuzu I-series vehicles.the states and U.S. territories involved are al, AZ, fl, ga, hi, la, ms, nv, nm, pr, SC, tx, vi and ut.a total of 185,903 vehicles will be recalled with 92,272 vehicles within the scope of this investigation.in addition, a special coverage/extended warranty program will be initiated forvehicles registered in all other states. GM determined that brake lamp switch failures are more likely to occur in vehicles in which customers used interior cleaners containing silicon and that reside in hot geographical locations.brake lamp switch contamination failure can cause loss of the brake lamps or the brake lamps to stay on continuously, increasing the risk of rear-end crashes.GM has reported no crashes or injuries due to the failure of the brake lamp switch.ODI initially reported one crash incident, but later downgraded the report due to the absence of actual property damage or cost incurred when the vehicle was lightly tapped from behind at low speed.this investigation is closed (see recall campaign 09V0310).