General Motors (NYSE:GM) announced January 10 it is recalling 303,000 models of its 2014 Chevy Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra in the U.S. due to fire risks. Though GM noted the recall includes only “certain” 2014 pickups, it encompasses every 4.3-liter and 5.3-liter engine model in volumes that exceed the sales of the GM pickups for five months. These numbers indicate the recall involves the overwhelming majority of redesigned 2014 GM pickups in the hands of customers.
In addition to the 303,000 Sierra and Silverado trucks from the 2014 model year that GM will recall in the U.S., the automaker is recalling 67,000 in Mexico and Canada to address the issue. According to a company statement, the exhaust system may overheat in the trucks, which has caused fires in eight known cases thus far. Three of the cases were incidents involving GM customers.
Of the three different engines sold in the popular Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra, only the 6.2-liter engine models have not shown any risks of fire. Customers can bring the pickups into dealerships for a software fix that takes about twenty minutes to complete, GM said in its statement announcing the recall. While GM’s press release downplayed the volume of vehicles involved, a look at the sales stats indicates most of the 2014 pickups the automaker sold have defective components.