GMC is a division of the automobile company General Motors that specializes in trucks and SUVs. The division itself was a short reference for the General Motors Truck Company and was intended to serve as a specific line of truck vehicles for General Motors. The brand has been active since 1911 and has had several models of trucks and SUV vehicles since then. The brand, as intended, lives up to its name and legacy to create a line of trucks. GMC has a number of comparative models to Chevrolet, however, nearly all models within the brand are trucks, vans, SUVs, or pick ups that are intended to be at a more affordable cost than their Chevrolet counterparts. In addition, a number of GMC models have been discontinued in recent years. While GMC has several vehicles available for private ownership and personal use, their full line up of vehicles includes much more, as the brand is also responsible for military vehicles, commercial vehicles, and buses.
Known GMC Issues, Malfunctions, and Recalls
As an offshoot of the auto manufacturer General Motors, many of the same issues that affect lines of General Motors many brands will also affect GMC vehicles. In addition to this, since several private ownership and transport models of the brand are also directly modeled after certain models of General Motor's Chevrolet and Buick lines, issues that often affect Buick and Chevrolet trucks, vans, and SUVs will also affect the GMC counterparts.
The global recall on the Takata airbags has affected the 2015 GMC Terrain. Vehicles fitted with side-mounted airbags may have an issue when airbags are deployed that causes the side-mounted airbags to launch fragments of metal at passengers, which can result in severe injury, or even death. While the recall affects only 395 of these vehicles altogether, the risk involved in such a crucial safety feature is incredibly dangerous. GM has urged owners whose vehicles may be affected to head to their local dealership immediately.
A large recall has been issued for several General Motors vehicles, including the 2014 GMC Sierra 1500, and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The company cites an issue in the oil cooler lines that may not cool oil properly, which may, in turn, cause the oil to be exposed to hot surfaces should oil leak from the transmission, effectively putting the vehicle at risk for a fire. There are a total of 490,200 vehicles affected by this issue. GMC is urging drivers of these vehicles to bring their vehicles in for leak inspection and replacement or repair to any parts that may have leaks.
A recall has been issued on a number of 2014 GMC Sierra models with 4.3-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 engines. An error in the vehicle's software has the potential to cause exhaust components in the vehicle to overheat, which can lead to fires within the engine compartment. There have been 8 reports of vehicle fires associated with this issue, however, no injuries have been reported thus far. In addition, all of the fires have been linked to areas experiencing cold weather. GM is urging customers to avoid letting their vehicles idle while unattended, and to bring their vehicles into a local dealership to have the vehicle computer reprogrammed to prevent the overheating error from occurring.
General Motors has issued a recall on the 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models, alongside several similar Chevrolet models. The company has stated that an electrical issue in the vehicle's transfer case may cause the vehicle to switch gear to neutral, which can cause the vehicle to roll away of it is parked. This can potentially cause injury or accident to persons or other drivers on the road, in addition to any property damage that the accident may cause as well In total, the recall affects 392,459 vehicles. GMC and Chevrolet dealerships will resolve the electrical issue, and drivers of these vehicles can bring their vehicles in for inspection and repair.
General Motors has also initiated another recall on the 2013 GMC Savana, Sierra HD, Sierra LD, Yukon and Yukon XL models for their potential rollaway risks. The vehicles affected may have a fractured parking lock cable, which can cause the vehicle to inadvertently shift out of park without having a key in the ignition. Also, the vehicles may shift out of the park position without pressing down on the brake pedal, or while the key is shifted to off in the ignition. These scenarios can both put the vehicles at risk for a rollaway, which can cause accident or injury to other drivers or pedestrians. In total, the recall affects 54,686 vehicles. Owners can head to their local dealership for repairs or replacements.
GM has issued a recall for its 2014-2015 Sierra, Sierra HD, Yukon, and Yukon HD models. The recall affects the base radio of the vehicles, which can potentially affect a number of features essential to the vehicle's compliance with safety standards. The error may not alert drivers with a seatbelt warning, and may also fail to alert drivers when the door is open and the key is in the ignition. In total, there are 57, 512 vehicles affected by this error. Vehicle owners may bring their vehicles to their local dealership for inspection and repair.
GMC Safety Ratings
While GMC trucks have a number of recalls on-going, their vehicles generally receive favorable safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Several of their vehicles are directly similar to those from Chevrolet, but with different luxury or driving features, which in turn provides similar safety ratings to those shared by Chevrolet.
Auto defects such as those seen in the GMC line can carry serious consequences. They may result in accident, injury or property loss. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an accident stemming from a defective vehicle, contact attorney Jeremy Rosenthal today.