2014 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra recall over fire risk

General Motors have recalled 370,000 units of the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

The recall includes both the 4.3L V6 and 5.3L V8 engines. The engine compartment has the possibility to catch due to certain parts of the exhaust heating up. GM claims usually the check-engine light and a warning message saying “engine power reduced” comes on if there is a potential problem.

GM reports there have been 8 fires they have been aware of. They have urged owners not to leave their cars unintended while its idling.

GM’s press release can be read below:

GM to Recall Certain Full-size Pickup Trucks

DETROIT – General Motors announced Friday it plans to recall certain 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickup trucks 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. The repair will take about 20 minutes, although dealership wait times can vary. Until then, customers are urged to avoid leaving their trucks to idle unattended.

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration it would recall about 303,000 trucks with 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter 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 engines are not part of the recall.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world’s largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM, its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Cadillac, Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com

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