News of GM Truck Recall After Fires Are Reported

Colorado Springs car accident attorneys also represent clients injured by defective auto parts and designs. Defective software in some new 2014 GM trucks has prompted an extensive recall.

Engine Compartment Fires Reported

Chevy’s Silverado is second only to the Ford F-150 among the top selling pick ups in the country. Many enthusiasts have eagerly awaited the introduction of the all-new, next-generation Silverado. Now, enthusiasm is tempered in some circles by news that there have been reports of eight engine compartment fires thus far. According to the manufacturer, General Motors, the engine control software is programmed in such a way that under certain conditions, some exhaust components might overheat, leading to possible fires.

Software Fix Necessary

GM says that it will fix the problem by re-programming the software on 370,000 Silverados and GMC Sierras in the North American market. The company says that many of the vehicles are either on their way to dealers or sitting on dealer lots, so it expects to complete the fix before many of the pickup trucks involved are ever delivered. The reprogramming of the software will be done at no cost to owners.

However, three of the engine compartment fires reported thus far have occurred in vehicles that has already been sold and delivered. GM says no injuries have been reported, and that all the fires have apparently occurred in cold weather environments. The company advises drivers to not let the affected trucks idle for lengthy periods of time.

Two of Three Engine Sizes Involved

Only Silverados and Sierras with either the 4.3-liter V-6 engine or the 5.3-liter V-8 engine are involved in the recall. Trucks equipped with the larger 6.2-liter V-8 are not affected by the problem.

When injuries do occur from defective auto parts or designs, manufacturer liability can be claimed through a lawsuit. Our firm accepts such cases on a contingency fee basis, so there is no cost to the client unless compensation is recovered. Injured parties in Colorado can pursue compensation for various losses and expenses, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other incurred costs. For additional information, or to discuss the specifics of your situation, please contact us. The initial consultation is always without charge.