General Motors is recalling 2014 Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierras equipped with 4.3L or 5.3L engines (more than 300,000 trucks). When the vehicle is idling in cold temperatures, the exhaust components can overheat.
Overheated exhaust components may melt nearby plastic parts, which could result in an engine fire.
GM has confirmed eight truck fires -- all in areas experiencing very cold weather -- with no injuries reported. The problems is often signaled by a continuous yellow “check engine light” and an “engine power reduced” message in the driver information center. The company is urging owners of the 2014 pickup truck models to avoid leaving their trucks unattended while idling.
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in the last half of January 2014. Owners may contact Chevrolet at (800) 222-1020 and GMC at (800) 462-8782. General Motors' number for this recall is 14008.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.