General Motors will conduct a safety recall of some 303,000 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra full-size pickups.
The trucks are equipped with 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter engines in the U.S. The recall involves an overheating problem that could result in a fire.
Approximately 67,000 additional trucks were sold in Mexico and Canada and will also be recalled. The 6.2-liter engine is not involved in the recall.
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GM said that the issue requires reprogramming of software so that exhaust components won’t overheat, potentially leading to an engine compartment fire.
How would a customer know of the condition? GM said that it is often signaled by a continuous yellow “check engine light” and an “engine power reduced” message that appears in the driver information center. Another warning sign, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press, is “if the trucks are running rough when they are started.”
According to the automaker, eight fires have been reported thus far. Three were in vehicles owned by customers, but none resulted in any injuries. All of the reported fires occurred during very cold weather, said GM.
GM will be notifying owners of affected vehicles to alert them of the issue. Recall letters will be mailed January 16, but the automaker said that customers can make appointments with dealers beginning January 13.
The repair, which will be performed at no charge, is expected to take about 20 minutes. GM cautions customers to “avoid leaving their trucks to idle unattended” until repairs are made.