General Motors is issuing a voluntary recall of all of the new 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and 2014 GMC Sierra pickup trucks with the 4.3L and 5.3L power plants that have been manufactured since their introduction last year.
The notice, issued Friday (Jan. 10), said upwards of 370,000 trucks manufactured and distributed in North America are included.
The recall is due to a potential fire risk from a software malfunction which may cause an overheating condition in the exhaust system that could lead to a fire in the engine compartment - says GM.
Silverado and Sierra pickups with the 6.4L V8 are not involved.
A simple software update taking less than an hour at a GM dealer will correct the problem
Owners are urged to contact their GM dealer at once to schedule an appointment for the software update.
In the meantime, owners are urged by GM to not leave their vehicles running and unattended.
GM says they decided to issue the recall after eight fire incidents were reported to the manufacturer. Four of the fires occured at a dealership or while the vehicle was still in the possession of GM. All were in areas that have experienced the severe cold weather recently. No injuries or damages (other than the vehicle have been reported.
Customers will be getting letters about the recall from Chevrolet or GMC the week of Jan. 16 according to GM.
They said that a continuous yellow 'check engine' light or 'engine power reduced message in the VIC (Vehicle Information Center) is an indicator that the system is overheating and fire may result.
Source: GMC and Chevrolet