General Motors issued a voluntary emissions recall on a certain number of 2018 model-year Chevy Equinox and Chevy Traverse crossovers over a problem with the vehicles’ Engine Control Module, or ECM. The recall only concerns models equipped with the turbocharged 2.0L engine.
The problem: the ECM in affected vehicles may not respond to test tools with the correct Calibration Verification Number (CVN). As a result, these Chevy Equinox and Traverse units could fail an emissions Inspection and Maintenance test or prevent a service technician from confirming that the appropriate data is found in the ECM.
The hazards: GM did not outline any safety hazards associated with this emissions recall. However, failing an emissions test will obviously cause an inconvenience for the owner, so it’s important to make this recall is addressed.
The fix: dealers will reprogram the Engine Control Module with the correct software. No parts are required to complete the recall fix.
Affected components: Engine Control Module on certain units equipped with the turbocharged 2.0L LTG four-cylinder engine. The recall extends units sold in both the United States and Canada.
Number of affected vehicles: at this time, it’s unclear how many Chevy Equinox and Traverse models will need to get its ECM reprogrammed.
Next steps: GM will likely notify owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to reach out to their dealer to make a service appointment. Owners of affected vehicles with further questions or concerns can also reach out to Chevy directly using the contact information included below. Dealers may not sell vehicles affected by this condition until the problem has been remedied.
- GM recall number: N212345540
- Chevy Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020