General Motors is calling back roughly 900,000 fullsize pickup trucks and luxury sedans worldwide to fix a fire risk and/or eliminate a software glitch that could knock out a vehicle’s antilock braking and stability control systems.
Both issues are safety critical. So if you own a 2019 model Cadillac CT6 large sedan or 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 or GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck, listen up.
Avoiding Skid City
2019 Chevrolet Silverado. Source: GM
The larger (and scarier) campaign targets 550,000 of GM’s 2019 model Silverados, Sierras and CT6s. A software flaw could confuse the electronic brake module into turning off the antilock brakes and stability control features.
Worse, the flaw also disables the warning light that otherwise would tell you that something is amiss. You’d still be able to drive the vehicle, but the chances of skidding in an emergency maneuver would go way up—and you won’t know your safety systems aren’t working until it’s too late.
The good news is that it won’t take dealers long to cure such bad behavior by reprogramming the control box.
The second recall involves about 350,400 of GM’s 2019-2020 Silverado and Sierra trucks. In this case, too much glue was used in manufacturing some of the cables that connect the starter battery and alternator.
If one of those cables ended up in your truck, and the connector on the alternator end loosens, wires will heat up and the extra glue could catch fire under the hood. Dealers will check for goopy glue, inspect for damage and swap out whatever needs replacing.
Find out if your vehicle is on the recall list by visiting safercar.gov.
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