GM recalls 460 thousand pickups due to burning matsNovember 24, 2019
The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup mats can catch fire in an accident when the front seat belt pretensioners trigger. Two cases of fire have already been recorded, but fortunately there are no casualties so far.
This year, the Chevrolet Silverado lost second place in the ranking of the best-selling pickups in the American market to the Ram truck (the first is still the Ford F-Series), which was partially to blame for the defects found in the cars and their slow correction by the manufacturer. So, in September, General Motors Corporation was forced to withdraw 3.7 million cars, including 1.77 million Chevrolet Silverado and 696 thousand GMC Sierra, due to poor brake performance due to clogged vacuum pump filter. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began to receive complaints about this problem a year ago, and by the time it was withdrawn, the defect had caused more than a hundred accidents.
The risk of fire in pickup mats has been known since at least mid-summer, but it only came to a recall now. The campaign affects 640 thousand pickups of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 2019-2020 model years (of which 556 399 are sold in the USA) equipped with soft floor mats (this does not apply to trucks with vinyl floor mats). It turned out that the pyrotechnic seat belt pretensioners of the front seats, when triggered, can release hot gases through the gap in the body towards these same rugs, and the cotton pile can ignite due to high temperature.
General Motors has already banned dealers from selling vehicles at risk until the problem is resolved. The solution is simple: dealers will install a special device on the pretensioners that removes the gases of the squibs away from the rugs.
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