Despite being named the North American Truck of the Year today in Detroit, the redesigned and new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado will be recalled due to parts of the pickup’s exhaust system could overheat due to a software defect. Due to the software malfunction, the overheating of the exhaust system could cause a fire. General Motors will recall 303,000 Silverado and the 2014 GMC Sierra full-sized trucks due to this defect. Globally, 370,000 will be recalled. The recall covers trucks with 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter engines; trucks that have 6.2-liter engines are not being recalled at this time.
Click here to read the USA Today article: Fire Risk: GM Recalls 303K Chevy, GMC Pickups
Eight fires have been reported so far. GM has urged drivers to avoid leaving trucks idling unattended as they may increase the chances of a fire started. Notification will begin in next week to owners of these vehicles. However, owners can start making appointments today with their dealerships to fix the problem.
Click here to read the full New York Times article: G.M. Announces Recall of Silverado and Sierra Trucks
This is not the first vehicle to have problems with engine fire problems. NHTSA began a federal safety investigation in November 2013 into the Tesla Model S after three fires occurred involving the vehicles.
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