GM Recalls 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Six Times this YearJul 30, 2014
Two of General Motor's (GM) most popular pickup trucks, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra, have been recalled six times this year. According to CNNMoney, the vehicles have been recalled nine times since they came onto the market a year ago.
One of the recalls involved 559,000 vehicles that did not have a secure oil cooler line. Another was issued for 467,000 trucks that could switch into neutral unexpectedly. Faulty exhaust components that could overheat prompted a recall of 378,000 trucks and 70,000 vehicles were recalled due to warning chimes that failed to sound off when the doors are open.
Two of the recalls involved very few vehicles. Because of this, GM estimated that the number of trucks affected by all of the recalls is low. In May, 477 trucks were recalled due to a steering problem and 184 vehicles were recalled in June due to unsecured floor mats. A recall that is very small can still reflect an extremely dangerous problem. The steering wheel recall was so serious that GM contacted customers via overnight letters and send in flatbed trucks to take the vehicles in for repair. The OnStar in-vehicle navigation also told customers to stop driving immediately.
The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra are hot commodities for GM. Auto critics at the Detroit auto show in January dubbed the Silverado, GM's best-selling vehicle in the country, Truck of the Year and the Sierra is the best-selling GMC model, according to CNNMoney. The two pickups are very similar. The Sierra is basically the high-end, costlier version of the Silverado.
GM is currently in the midst of a massive controversy over 2.6 million cars that were recalled due to an ignition switch defect. Reports indicated that the company was aware of the problem for a decade before informing consumers. The defect is that the ignition switch can put the car out of the “run” mode and into the “accessory” mode, particularly when there is too much weight on the keys. The defect has been linked 13 deaths and 54 crashes.