General Motors just recalled more than 80,000 units of the Chevy Tracker in South America, the region with the largest commercial reach of Chevrolet‘s subcompact crossover worldwide. The automaker will fix a possible fire risk in select units of the Tracker sold in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
After receiving a notification from the Latin NCAP organization, GM specialists confirmed that there is a possible risk of a fire in the driver’s carpet of Chevy Tracker models manufactured in Brazil. During a collision that activates the vehicle’s seat belt lap pre-tensioners, sparks from the operation of these items could reach the sound insulation of the carpet and cause a fire.
As such, GM’s South American subsidiary launched a campaign to install carpet sound insulation and seat belt pre-tensioner protection on thousands of Chevy Trackers sold in at least those four countries. Customers with affected units can now contact the manufacturer to schedule a service appointment at dealerships and authorized workshops, where the modifications will be performed starting on May 13th.
“General Motors encourages owners of 2021 to 2022 model-year Chevrolet Tracker vehicles to contact the Chevrolet network immediately to schedule the installation of carpet sound insulation and pre-tensioner protection near the lower region of the B-pillar,” said GM South America in a statement. “The service will be performed free of charge and the estimated time for its execution is up to 2 hours and 30 minutes,” the company added.
This major recall of the Chevy Tracker specifically covers some 79,930 units of the vehicle in Brazil alone and an additional number in the rest of the countries that GM South America has not yet specified. The automaker’s team in each country communicated the series of VINs of the affected vehicles, while enabling local communication channels for customers to verify if their vehicle is involved.
The fourth-generation Chevy Tracker for South America and other international markets has been manufactured since the beginning of 2020 in Brazil, specifically at the GM São Caetano do Sul plant where it was exclusively produced up until now. However, GM started early production of the Tracker in Argentina at the end of March and is finishing local adjustments to mass-produce it at the GM Alvear plant from the middle of this year.