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Massive 638,000 Chevy and GMC Pickup SUV Recall

A massive recall has just been announced by General Motors involving 638,000 2015-2020 Chevy and GMC pickup trucks and SUVs. The issue is one side of the vehicle may apply the brakes unintentionally. Braking on one side only causes vehicles to pull unexpectedly to the side that the brakes are applied, which can cause a crash. 

The problem is caused by one of the wheel-speed sensors failing, activating the driveline protection system. This can result in unintended braking. 

The dealers can reprogram the electronic brake control module at no charge to the owner. This fixes the problem. 

The following pickup trucks and SUVs are part of the recall if equipped with a 5.3-liter V8 engine, with a 3.08-ratio rear end and four-wheel drive: 

2015-2020 Chevy Suburban 

2015-2020 Chevy Tahoe

2015-2020 GMC Yukon

2014-2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck

2014-2018 GMC Sierra 1500 pickup truck

Recall Notifications Will Be Sent

As the recall was just announced GM has not said when notifications will be sent out. In the event of concern you can call these numbers for more info:

Chevy at 800-630-2438

GMC at 800-462-8782

National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. at 888-327-4236

Recalled Chevy GMC Product Background

With this generation Silverado and Sierra, it’s easier to get the similarities out of the way first. Both trucks are built on the K2XX platform in the same plants. Both trucks have the standard 4.3-liter EcoTec V6, which is good for 285 horsepower and 385 pound-feet of torque, and both can tow up to 12,000 pounds. And thanks to the 2016 refresh, both trucks have new front ends with a healthy amount of LED running lights.

As the similarities stack up, the differences become smaller and even more trivial. Yes, the Sierra carried about a $1,000 premium over the base Chevy, but what you got was a crisper front fascia and a little bit more chrome. In higher trim levels, the GMC’s interior starts to pull away from the Chevy.

2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 | GM

Silverado And Sierra Really Different?

The only time you saw a lot of daylight between the Sierra and Silverado was at the top end of the model ranges. Chevy Silverado topped out in the mid-$50K range, while a loaded Sierra landed just shy of the $70K mark. But for the vast majority of buyers, the difference between GM’s full-size trucks comes down to aesthetics and preference. We happen to like GMC’s cleaner front end and taillights better, but Chevy fans clearly loved the Silverado’s new look enough to make it the second-best-selling vehicle in America. At the end of the day, two trucks built with the same parts on the same assembly lines are pretty similar, and that’s a good thing. It allows GM to crank out as many of them as possible in their constant pursuit of the Ford F-150.

And that’s also a good thing for Chevy and GMC guys too. Because as long as there are a few slight but key differences between the trucks, there will always be a debate about which is better. So, as long as there are enthusiasts with opinions, the two will each continue to do more with the same ingredients.