GM is enduring wave after wave of recalls for 2014, including the notorious ignition recall that is also the subject of a federal investigation. The giant automaker still cannot catch a break as it issues yet another recall, this time for the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado, 2014 GMC Sierra, 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, and 2015 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL with the 6L80 six-speed automatic transmission. The recall affects 490,000 vehicles, further damaging the company’s image and casting doubt on the safety of its vehicle lineup, both past and present.
According to GM, the problem with the 6L80 transmission comes from a hose clamp, which is for the line that connects the oil cooler to the transmission. If the clamp is not securely attached, it will cause the leak out. That oil can come into contact with any number of hot surfaces, such as the exhaust, and can combust, spreading throughout the vehicle quickly. While it has not officially been recognized as the cause, a test drive of one of the recalled vehicles ended in a dramatic fire that was recorded and posted online. GM has stated that it knows of three fires that have occurred so far, but nobody has been injured as a result.
Owners of the recalled vehicles will receive letters from GM by the end of April with instructions on how to have the problem fixed. If you want to know what to do about your vehicle before then, or if you want to check if your truck is affected by the recall, call GM at 866-694-6546 or 866-790-5700.