Here we are, on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show, where GM is about to bring a mid-size truck back into our lives with the Canyon/Colorado and be the big hero that forces others to follow suit, and then this happens: In an email direct from General Motors, plans were announced 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 let them know about the potential issue. It is often signaled by a continuous yellow check engine light, and an “engine power reduced” message appears in the driver information center. GM has confirmed eight fires from this condition, three of which were on customer owned vehicles, but no injuries. We're told that all of these incidents occurred in areas with very cold weather. Counter intuitive, maybe. But good information to have none the less.
Recall letters will be mailed out on Jan. 16, but if your new Sierra or Silverado fits the description, you can contact dealers for an appointment beginning early next week. GM says the repair will only take about 20 minutes, but of course dealership wait times can vary. Until then, customers are urged to avoid leaving their trucks to idle unattended, so don't forget that you hit your remote start before you sat down to watch Eastbound and Down.
GM reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 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 sold above or below the U.S. border in Canada and Mexico also are being recalled. Trucks with 6.2-liter engines are not part of the recall, which means everyone that splurged for the big engine is patting themselves on the back right about now! We certainly have not seen any brand new Chevy's or GMC burning up on the side of the road, and hopefully we never do. But if it happens we'll be sure to let you know.