General Motors has issued a recall that affects 159,240 GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks in Canada that spans the 2014 to 2019 model years. A Transport Canada publication confirms that the rear defroster circuit could overheat with the potential for fire.
On June 28, 2019, General Motors issued a recall for several truck models including the 2014 to 2018 Chevrolet Silverado, Silverado LD, GMC Sierra, and Sierra LD, as well as 2015 to 2019 Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD.
The recall issued by Transport Canada reports that the rear defroster grid on affected models has the potential to overheat. Should the circuit overheat, it’s possible that melting, smoking, or fire could be the result.
A statement from General Motors states, “In rare instances, areas of high electric resistance on the rear defrost circuit, caused in part by mechanical stress from opening and closing the rear power window, intrusion of debris and high usage of the rear defroster may, over time, generate heat which could melt the areas surrounding the circuit.”
It isn’t stated in Transport Canada’s recall notice how many instances of failure have been reported or diagnosed, or to what extent symptoms were experienced.
This recall affects 159,240 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra models in Canada, manufactured with a power sliding rear window. There’s no word currently on any recall for vehicles sold in the United States.
Models included in this recall span from 2014 to 2019 which is the third generation of GM Silverado/Sierra pickup trucks. Previous generations have not been identified as part of the recall.
Owners whose vehicles are subject to this recall will receive notification from General Motors.
Currently, corrective action to address the electrical fault is under development. As an interim repair, affected vehicle owners will be instructed to bring their truck to a dealership to have the rear window defroster fuse removed.
Once a final repair has been released, owners will be notified with a second notice for this recall.
Enter your VIN at this link to learn more about this recall and find out if there are other Service Actions related to your vehicle.
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