General Motors Recalls 368,000 Trucks due to Potential Fire Risk

The auto manufacturer, General Motors (GM), has issued a recall on 368,000 trucks worldwide

The recall includes 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 in colder climates.

GM says that either the electric heater cord or the terminals that connect the cord to the heater, have the potential to short-circuit and fail. This can cause the potential for a fire.

The company has already received 19 reports of fires caused by engine block heater cords. No injuries have been reported.

At this time, GM is urging owners to not use the engine block heaters until they are able to find a solution to the problem.

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Source:

KDKA2, “General Motors Recalls Trucks Due To Engine Block Heater Cord Fires”