GM has issued a sweeping pair of recalls over concerns that some vehicles could have brake failures and battery malfunctions.
These recalls come as the latest for the often-scrutinized GM, which is trying to distance itself from a growing image of faulty vehicles and poor quality control.
The first recall pertains to the battery cables of certain vehicles. This recall covers some 350,000 2019 and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks. Oddly, the trucks have an issue with their battery cables related to glue. Specifically, a cable connecting the battery and the alternator could have too much glue on it, increasing the risk of an engine fire.
Yes, you read that correctly: The presence of too much glue on a section of battery cable can cause an engine fire in some GM-made trucks. Of course, this is an unlikely scenario, but still possible given the issue. The high amount of glue could also cause some melted glue to interrupt electrical signals, causing engine stalls or outright disconnecting the battery from the rest of the engine.
Once GM rolls out announcements for the affected vehicles, owners will be able to head over to their GM dealership and have the battery cable reinstalled properly. Until then, GM truck owners should be vigilant for any signs of their engine stalling or an electrical fire starting in their engine block.
The other recall that the company announced is in relation to issues regarding the brake control. According to government documents detailing the recall, GM is recalling 464,000 vehicles, including Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups, as well as Cadillac CT6 Sedans. The vehicles have issues in their control computers that can cause software to disable some of the brake functionality.
If that sounds extremely dangerous, that’s because it is. GM will be able to update the software to prevent the error from occurring on affected vehicles, but that doesn’t make this oversight any less frightening. The thought of a simple software error causing a vehicle’s brakes to stop working is unsettling to say the least.