General Motors is hoping to catch a break from the National Highway Traffic Administration in regards to the recall of 200,900 of its 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks. The recall calls for the fix of a technical glitch in the instrument panel that is prompted when the driver is searching for a song using the steering wheel controls.
GM is hoping the NHTSA will rule the glitch “inconsequential” to safety and say the trucks do not have to be recalled, according to a petition from GM published on the NHTSA’s website Monday.
The problem is caused when the driver uses the steering wheel controls to browse through and select a song in an external device such as a cell phone that is plugged into one of the vehicle’s USB ports. Doing this can cause the instrument cluster to reset.
“When the instrument cluster resets, the analog gauges and identifications, the PRNDM (shift position) indicator, and the cruise control telltale will briefly turn off. In addition, some of the instrument cluster telltales may also illuminate briefly without the condition the telltale is designed to indicate being present,” GM said in the petition.
The problem occurs in pickups built between Jan. 29 and Oct. 28, 2013. GM filed the noncompliance notice with the NHTSA back in October, though it was only made public on Monday. The NHTSA hasn’t ruled on the petition and the public may comment on the request until March 26.
According to GM, the issue is “is extremely unlikely to occur. Before the condition can occur, the driver must operate a media device inserted into one of the vehicle’s USB ports in a very specific way.” GM has corrected the issue in all trucks built since Oct. 28, 2013.