GM Recalls Trucks For Fire Risks From Excessive Idling – One 2014 Silverado Owner Tells A Different Story
Last week, when GM announced it was recalling 370,000 of their brand-new heavy duty pickups for a “software fix” to address fire concerns, it was a bit of a headscratcher. Now, we see our first videos and photos of the issue and it is more than it seems.
When the recall was first announced, the language seemed a bit odd. GM stated that “a possible software glitch can cause overheating to occur in the exhaust components, possibly creating a fire under the truck.” Aren’t exhaust systems made to handle high heat? Apparently not, the photos and story from one Houston GM owner really speak to the issue.
The story goes that Houston wrestling coach Allen Paul received a recall notice just 30 minutes before his truck burst into flames. Apparently, he was driving his truck when he noticed the truck slowed down and all the interior lights coming on. He then noticed a fireball from under his hood. Naturally, he stopped and fled from his truck which was engulfed in flames.
Initially, the way we read the recall was that it only happened with “excessive idling.” GM told its customers to not idle the truck until the software fix could address the problem. The problem appears to only affect 4.3L or 5.3L engines and not the 6.2L.
GM spokesman Alan Adler told the Houston Chronicle (in response to the above story) that as of January 10, 2014 he only knew of 10 confirmed fires related to the defect. He also stated the majority of the problems were in cold weather climates.
“That’s not to say it can’t happen elsewhere,” said Adler.
Adler stated that they were aware of Paul’s truck fire and were working on a resolution.
“We’re doing everything we can to put the customer first,” said Adler.
That’s great and all, but what the heck! A truck that catches fire while driving around in it?
The reality to this story is there are just so many unanswered questions. Chief among them are:
- How can a software fix prevent a fire?
- If the problem is idling, what about trucks like those in Paul’s story?
- How can the exhaust system be built to not handle the highest temperature the truck can produce?
- How did your product testing miss this issue?
We have asked our sources for more information and when we hear something, we will update this story.
What do you think? What are your questions?
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