General Motors Co. said it will recall 370,000 full-size pickup trucks for fire risks after eight reported fires — and the automaker is urging owners not to leave trucks unattended while idling.
The Detroit automaker said it will recall the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra to reprogram software that could lead to overheating of exhaust components, potentially causing engine compartment fires.
GM is contacting customers to alert them of the potential issue, which often is signaled by a continuous yellow “check engine light” and an “engine power reduced” message in the driver information center. GM has confirmed eight fires from this condition, “three of which were on customer owned vehicles, but no injuries. All occurred in areas with very cold weather.”
Recall letters will be mailed Jan. 16, but customers can contact dealers for appointments beginning early next week., GM said The repair will take about 20 minutes. Until then, customers are urged to avoid leaving their trucks to idle unattended.
GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Friday it would recall about 303,000 trucks with 4.3-liter V-6 and 5.3-liter V-8 engines in the U.S. Approximately 67,000 additional trucks that were exported and sold in Canada and Mexico also are being recalled. Trucks with 6.2-liter V-8 engines are not part of the recall.