General Motors announced late Friday that it will recall around 370,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra fullsize pickups from the 2014 model year over a possible fire risk. The recall covers select 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 models, which can evidently suffer engine compartment fires due to the overheating of exhaust components. GM notes that the fire issue may be preceded by a check engine light and an "engine power reduced" message on the driver information display.

Thus far, GM is aware of eight fires stemming from this problem (although only three of those incidents affected customer-owned vehicles), and all of the fires were reported in areas with "very cold weather." GM is urging owners to not leave their vehicles unattended while idling. No injuries have resulted from the fires in question.

The Detroit-based automaker has pledged to start mailing out recall letters on January 16. The fix, which involves software reprogramming, is estimated to be a 20-minute repair, and will be made free of charge.

Of those 370,000 trucks, some 303,000 were sold in the US, while the other 67,000 were retailed to Canada and Mexico. For more details, GM's official press release can be found below.
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GM to Recall Certain Full-size Pickup Trucks
01/10/2014

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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      RichardK952
      • 11 Months Ago
      where in this article does it say these trucks were made in Mexico
        normc32
        • 11 Months Ago
        @RichardK952
        I think wki said there were mlore than two Silverado plants.
      clquake
      • 11 Months Ago
      Using software to fix a hardware problem? Should be adding heat shields as well.
      You Lucky Guy!
      • 11 Months Ago
      Could it be that a not properly trained new hire (2d tier wage earner @ $15 per hour) incorrectly routed a wire harness or installed a part incorrectly. With that small of a segment, 375k vehicles, dosen't sound like an engineering problem. And let us not forget that General Motors get parts from thousands of different vendors from all over the world. Could be that the quality from one of those suppliers may be in question. General Motors is responsible for the build quality of their vehicles, I know, but parts quality is a whole 'nother story.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @You Lucky Guy!
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        Sambal Badjak
        • 9 Months Ago
        @You Lucky Guy!
        It is not a wire routing problem or a vendor problem - they are updating software. Something is apparently causing them to overheat eh exhaust while idling for prolonged periods. Recalls aren't usually a big deal - they happen all the time. They are a big deal when problems are ignored for years and then recalls become huge.
      postpast
      • 11 Months Ago
      To all the Toyota fanboys below: The bed of the Tundra flexed so much that it dug into the back of the cab. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJZVUnOduH4
      Charles Symonds
      • 11 Months Ago
      GM barrowed millions or billions to save their company and now they make trash trucks that could catch on fire while you drive. the part that I don't get is they never paid back 11 million or billion they barrowed yet showed a 26 billion dollar profit. OH YEAH now I got it build a truck that catches on fire and sell another one if the insurance don't cover it. Obama should have let the auto industry fail like BUSH said. Ford took no BAIL OUT because both BUSH's are on the board of directors. That's why BUSH said it he knew he couldn't approve it because it would be a conflict of interest. BOYCOTT G M
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Charles Symonds
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        HAT1701D
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Charles Symonds
        Sort of like the redesigned Ford Escape eh?................
        normc32
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Charles Symonds
        You are so correct in that the US governement does nothing right. Amtrak, postal service, Obamacare. GM has won some awards with the 2014 Silvy so they must be doing something right. It is even the quietest truck you can buy.
      J
      • 11 Months Ago
      These trucks are hot, I tell ya - HOT!!!
      Chris Zeidler
      • 11 Months Ago
      Love my reliable and fire free Toyota!
        The Other Bob
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Chris Zeidler
        Enjoy your rusty frame, broken cam shafts and weak tailgate. Many brands have issues.
        normc32
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Chris Zeidler
        Or you like the Toyota waiting room complimentary donuts/bagels and coffee while the recall work gets done?
      That Guy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why would GM be so foolish as to hire Ford engineers?
        ngiotta
        • 11 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        That's right, divert attention away from your favorite flammable truck manufacturer by trolling.
        That Guy
        • 11 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Where are you getting any of that? None of that is true. Nice try though
        Papi L-Gee
        • 11 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Swing and a miss.
      owen brown
      • 11 Months Ago
      Yea I'll stick with my 2013 Toyota Tundra..
        normc32
        • 11 Months Ago
        @owen brown
        Enjoy the Toyota waiting room refreshments: http://www.tundratalk.net/forums/tundra-problems-dealer-service-maintenance/141282-recall-2012-2013-toyota-tundra-sequoia-vehicles-ecm-software-update.html
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 11 Months Ago
      can they recall it to fix the looks of it? Good lord that thing is hideous.
      banjone
      • 11 Months Ago
      I might consider purchasing a GM product when, and only when they pay back the 20 billion dollars that they owe the American taxpayers.
      chmathe
      • 11 Months Ago
      The heartbeat of Mexico!
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