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GM Recalls 300,000 New Pickup Trucks

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On: Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 12:31PM | By: Lou Ruggieri


GM Recalls 300,000 New Pickup Trucks

General Motors has issued a recall of a whopping number of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The affected models have been cited as only 2014 models, specifically those with 4.3L V6 or 5.3L V8 engines. It seems these engines have a very bad habit of having their exhaust manifolds overheat when idling in cold temperatures. Obviously if the exhaust manifolds begin climbing to extremely high temperatures, it can damage, melt, or destroy surrounding engine components in the engine bay, and render a very new engine, very obsolete, very quickly.  

GM has already begun contacting customers, and will fix the problem by reprogramming the ECU to moderate exhaust temperatures within normal ranges free of charge. Chevy owners many contact GM at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC owners can contact GM at 1-800-462-8782 with questions or to schedule their fix. Read on for the full report ...

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V007000
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 300,000


Manufacturer:General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors is recalling certain 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras equipped with 4.3L or 5.3L engines. When the vehicle is idling in cold temperatures, the exhaust components can overheat.

CONSEQUENCE:
The overheated exhaust components may melt nearby plastic parts and may result in an engine fire.

REMEDY:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module, free of charge. The recall began on January 16, 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors' number for this recall is 14008.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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