GM recalls 368,000 trucks for fire risk
On May 6, 2019, GM issued a warning out to Chevy and other truck companies. The company, which is headquartered in Detroit, reported that callers were complaining about their trucks overheating.
"General Motors is recalling over 368,000 pickups and other trucks worldwide after 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords," according to Fox News.
The recall covers certain 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 trucks, as well as the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500. All have GM's 6.6-Liter diesel engines and an optional engine block heater used to keep the block warm in extremely cold temperatures.
"About 324,000 U.S. trucks are covered by the recall," according to Fox News.
The company is asking drivers not to use engine block heaters until further notice. GM said that the electric heater cord or the terminals connecting the cord to the heater could short-circuit and fail, which could cause fires. No injuries have been reported since the release of the announcement.
GM is still trying to find the cause of the problem and develop a fix. The company began investigating the problem in December and found that a fire can occur if a block-heater coolant leak develops and the coolant comes in contact with the cable terminals, or if the cable itself is damaged.
GM began notifying dealers on April 26 and told them to stop selling the trucks until repairs are made. No date has been set yet to notify owners.