GM issued a recall involving over 324,000 heavy-duty trucks after it learned that 19 fires related to the vehicles took place. Thankfully, nobody suffered any injuries as a result of the fires.
The recalled vehicles include the 2017 through 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks, as well as the GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty trucks. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500, and 6500 commercial trucks. This issue appears to also impact some Ford vehicles, which the company recalled separately.
These vehicles come with faulty engine block heater cords that could fail while in use. In this case, the vehicle may experience a fire. If this happens, it may lead to accidents and injuries. In order to avoid serious crashes and even fatalities, make sure to contact GM to learn more about the recall. Especially because the company is still working on a fix for this recall.
The firm stated that owners with the recalled vehicles may notice a burning or smoking smell. They may also notice the engine-block heater’s performance suffer greatly. Others will notice coolant pools under their trucks.
In some cases, GM said, the block heater may blow vehicle fuses or trip the circuit breaker of the outlet it’s plugged into.
Many recalls come only after people suffer injuries. Thankfully, the issues associated with this recall did not lead to accidents so far. Still, things could change, as GM is still trying to develop a fix.
If you own one of the recalled trucks, you should be aware that this issue could manifest itself at any given moment. And because the engine block heaters plug into an external power outlet to warm up the engine, a short circuit could start in the cord or the connection. If a fire breaks out and the vehicle is close to a home or a building, the fire could extend to the structure, causing severe property damage.
Considering this issue impacted more than 324,000 vehicles, it’s important that the firm finds a way to fix the recalled cars. As personal injury lawyers, we know how difficult it is for drivers when they are in accidents caused by equipment failure. It is because of this negligence that people suffer and oftentimes even lose their jobs. We understand these victims’ plight and do everything in our power to help. Unfortunately, many of those who suffer because of accidents caused by equipment failure don’t look for professional legal help.
If you are ever in an accident caused by a negligent party, contact us for a free case evaluation.