GM knows you're nervous out about your new pickup or SUV spontaneously combusting since the announcement of another recall related to catastrophic combustion. While issues haven't been detected in that many trucks, it's taken some wind from the sails of the 2015 Suburban launch.
No injuries have been reported, and you better believe Chevrolet and GMC dealers are getting checking all their fittings before any more trucks leave the lot on a test drive.
A Chevrolet rep has reported that the new fault is an assembly fault, not a miscalculation in design. "It is a transmission cooler line that may not be fully inserted into the quick connect fitting in the side of the transmission. We know the cause and have made changes to keep this from happening in the future." was relayed unofficially.
General Motors' official statement on the latest recall confirms that 2014 Silverado and Sierra 1500 pickup owners have yet another source of spontaneous combustion to worry about, and the newborn 2015 full-size Suburban, Tahoe, Yukon, and Yukon XL SUVs are in trouble before most of us have even seen one on the road.
There's still no confirmation regarding whether or not this is related to the Yukon test-drive fire, but it definitely does not appear to be connected to the January recall which cited a "software glitch" causing catastrophic overheating in GM's 4.3 and 5.3 V8-powered trucks.
I'll admit "three incidents" out of some half a million trucks is a fairly low rate of failure, but the idea of a brand-new vehicle catching fire is pretty terrifying. I understand that preparation and verification must be made on which trucks really need a recall, but if I just plunked down $50,000 on a new Suburban you bet you ass I'd be keen to confirm somebody plugged all the cooler lines in correctly.
GM Recalls Full-size Trucks to Inspect Transmission Fitting
General Motors will conduct a safety recall of 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The recall will involve approximately 490,200 trucks and SUVs.
GM has determined that these vehicles may have a transmission oil cooler line that is not securely seated in its fitting. If the line is not securely seated and transmission oil leaks from the fitting, the oil could contact a hot surface and result in a vehicle fire. GM is aware of three incidents and no injuries.
GM dealers will inspect the fittings for leaks. GM anticipates mailing the first owner letter the week of April 28, 2014.
The recall troubles GM's facing right now are already the stuff of automaker nightmares, but it's a real shame for The General to see mainstays like their freshly-facelifted Suburban, Tahoe, and Yukons slapped with a potentially lethal malfunction so soon in their run.
What do you think— are these problems isolated enough that GM's response is adequate, or should Silverado, Sierra and 2015 GM SUV buyers be throwing up Muppet-arms in panic and demanding immediate attention?