- General Motors is recalling 370,000 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks for a software problem that could lead to a fire risk.
- The automaker said it is aware of eight fires linked to the recall, three of which were on customer-owned vehicles.
- Customers are advised to avoid leaving their trucks to idle unattended.
The automaker said it will "reprogram software that could lead to overheating of exhaust components, potentially causing engine compartment fires."
Customers are advised to avoid leaving their trucks to idle unattended.
Eight reported fires have been linked to the problem, but no injuries, GM said in a statement. All occurred in areas with "very cold weather."
The recalled trucks have 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 engines. Trucks with 6.2-liter V8 engines are not included in the recall.
Consumers may be alerted to the problem by a continuous "check engine light" and an "engine power reduced" message in the driver information center.
The recall will begin on January 16. GM dealers will upgrade the software in the affected trucks. The repair will take about 20 minutes. Owners can contact GM at 1-866-694-6546.
No information about this latest Silverado and Sierra recall has been posted on the Web site of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle recalls in the U.S. In July, GM recalled the pickup trucks to replace passenger airbags that may be defective.
Edmunds says: General Motors says although the recall will not begin until Thursday, customers are advised to contact dealers for appointments now.