2019 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck

General Motors has issued a recall for 148,055 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks from the 2019 model year. The recall addresses a problem that arose from a software update in a previous recall. 

The initial recall, under the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration number 19V889, addressed a software problem where warning lights for the antilock brake system (ABS), brakes, and electronic stability control system (ESC) might not illuminate. This could cause the driver to not know if any of these systems are inoperable. 

Some unsold vehicles and some customer vehicles received this software update in December 2019 and early January 2020, before the initial recall notices were sent out.

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The new recall addresses a flaw that arises when owners use GM’s My Brand app to start the vehicle remotely. In this case, multiple warning lights, including those for ABS and ESC, will illuminate.

Owners who experience this should not drive their vehicles. They should call their dealer or GM customer service to arrange for their truck to be towed to their nearest dealer.

Owners who had their initial recall performed after Jan. 15, 2020, received the updated software.

Dan Flores, senior manager of GM corporate news and relations, told Consumer Reports that there have been no reports of accidents or injuries. He also said that customers may receive two recall notices, one for the initial recall and one for this fix to the original recall.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
148,055 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks from the 2019 model year.

The problem: A previous recall (19V889) involved a software error that arises when owners use the General Motors My Brand app to start the vehicle remotely. This software error could cause the vehicle’s electronic stability control and antilock brake system lamps to illuminate. The driver might not be aware that the ESC and ABS were not functioning.

The fix: General Motors will notify owners, and Chevrolet and GMC dealers will install updated software, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: GM says the recall is expected to begin Feb. 10, 2020. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 888-988-7267. GM’s number for this recall is N192268091.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V055.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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