Just days before it learns whether its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup wins honors as the North American Truck of the Year, General Motors has announced it is recalling 370,000 full-size trucks due to a potential fire hazard.
The safety action covers both the new Chevy Silverado and the near-twin GMC Sierra model, both receiving widespread kudos since being completely redesigned for the 2014 model-year. But the recall could be just one of the problems the new GM pickups will be facing in the coming days.
According to GM, the recall is required to reprogram engine control software to reduce the risk of overheating exhaust components and eliminate the risk of an engine compartment fire. The Detroit maker reports that there have been eight fires resulting from the problem, "three of which were on customer owned vehicles."
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It also noted that the incidents occurred in regions with very cold weather. There have been no injuries resulting from the fires, GM said.
Due to the size of the recall, many of the new models may not yet be in customer hands but still in transit or on dealer lots. GM is notifying dealers and owners to watch for a continuous yellow "check engine light" warning on the instrument panel, as well as an "engine power reduced" message on the vehicles' driver information center.