GM, Ford Begin 2014 with Recalls for Chevy & GMC Trucks; Ford Escapes By Tod Aronovitz | 01/15/14 | 0 Comment

The recent winter chill appears to have had an effect on some General Motors vehicles. The automaker is recalling certain 2014 model year Chevrolet Silverados and GMC Sierra trucks due to exhaust components overheating and potentially starting an engine fire when idling, especially in cold temperatures.

The recall encompasses a total of 330,000 trucks—303,000 of which were made in the U.S., and 67,000 were manufactured in Canada and Mexico. All are equipped with 4.3 L or 5.3L engines.

According to GM, eight fires have been reported and one garage has been damaged, but there have been no injuries. The company recommends that customers not leave their trucks idling unattended.

GM dealers will reprogram the software for free. GM begins notifying owners on January 16 with the recall expected to begin in late January. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782. General Motors’ number for this recall is 14008.

Ford has not been immune to vehicle recalls, either. In its latest announcement, the company is recalling certain 2013 Ford Escapes SUVs manufactured from October 5, 2011, through July 11, 2012.

The recall affects 149,386 vehicles equipped with 1.6L engines that have been the focus of a prior safety recall campaign. The repair, which may have been done incorrectly in that recall, is at the root of the Escape’s current issue—reports of 13 engine fires.

Company officials attribute the fires to improperly installed fuel lines, which could chafe and eventually leak fuel. Ford said it knew of no deaths or injuries associated with this latest problem; however, this is the seventh recall for the 2013 Ford Escape since it has been on the market.

Ford is in the process of notifying owners. Dealers will inspect the engine compartment fuel line, and if necessary, replace it free of charge. Even if vehicles were remedied in the previous recall (NHTSA 12V-336), they require an additional inspection and remedy for this current campaign.

The recall is expected to begin by January 23. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332. Ford’s recall number is 13S12.

For more information about these recalls and others, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety website at www.safercar.gov or contact their hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153).

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