GM recalls 303,000 new Chevy Silverado, GMC Sierra pickups for engine fire risk

GM is urging owners to avoid leaving their trucks idling while unattended.
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DETROIT -- General Motors is recalling 303,000 of its redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks in the United States to fix a software glitch that could lead to engine compartment fires.

GM said it has confirmed eight fires, including three customer-owned vehicles, and that no injuries have been reported. The fires occurred in areas with "very cold weather," GM said.

Four of the fires occurred in trucks that were at GM dealerships and one was in a GM-owned vehicle.

GM is urging owners of the 2014 models to avoid leaving their trucks idling while unattended.

The problem occurs in pickups with 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter V-8 engines. Trucks with the 6.2-liter V-8 engine are not affected.

GM said it is contacting customers to alert them of the problem, which often is signaled by a yellow "check engine light" and an "engine power reduced" message in the instrument panel.

The software problem could lead to overheating of exhaust components, potentially causing engine compartment fires, GM said.

GM launched the trucks beginning last summer, the first redesign of its full-sized pickups in nearly seven years.

Recall letters will be mailed out on Jan. 16, GM said. Customers can contact dealers to schedule appointments beginning early next week. The repair should take about 20 minutes.

GM said that it has advised the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the recall of the 303,000 U.S. trucks. Another 67,000 pickups that were sold in Canada and Mexico also are being recalled.

You can reach Mike Colias at mcolias@crain.com.


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