GM is recalling 21,721 Silverados and Sierra over seat issue

Article by Anita Panait, on October 10, 2013

General Motors is recalling nearly 21,721 units of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra Series 1500 pickups due to the possibility that seats may move in a rear-end collision. The recall will cover 18,972 Silverados and Sierra Series 1500 vehicles in the United States, 2,575 in Canada, 103 in Mexico and 71 exports. 

The vehicles’ manual front reclining seatbacks may fail to meet a federal safety requirement for performance when hit from the rear. In a statement, GM said that no injuries have so far been reported due to the seats.

GM dealers will inspect the recalled vehicle and make adjustments to the seatbacks if necessary. According to GM spokesman Alan Adler, the work will be covered under the new vehicle warranty. In July, GM issued a recall of 843 Silverado and Sierras due to an issue with the passenger airbag that caused some to not fully inflate during crashes.

While the new Silverado certainly builds on the 95 years of truck heritage of Chevrolet, it also sets new standards for full-size pickups. For the 2014 model year, the new Silverado is fitted with three new powerful yet efficient EcoTec3 engines, as matched by revised steering, suspension and brakes. Aside from boasting of a stronger and more comfortable cab, the new Silverado offers clever cargo management solutions. Of course, the Silverado still offers true truck capability for both towing and hauling.

Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, remarked that customers rely on Chevrolet trucks for their daily activities, operations and duties. Thus, Chevrolet has made a commitment to provide these customers with the most-refined, best-engineered pickups in the market.

When launched, the 2014 Silverado completes Chevrolet's three-truck portfolio that already includes Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 HD pickups. This means that Chevrolet is now offering different trucks that would satisfy their different needs, including for towing and hauling. In addition, Chevrolet is now on course of creating a new midsize pickup in the guise of the all-new Colorado, which combines, truck capability, roominess and fuel efficiency.

Chevrolet has designed and engineered the new 2014 Silverado 1500 to cater to the needs of its full-size truck customers while boosting its reputation for producing the most dependable and most durable full-size trucks with the lowest overall cost of ownership.

Jeff Luke, executive chief engineer for full-size and midsize trucks, quipped that truck customers are among the most discerning and demanding clients in the automotive business.

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