Many California residents rely on vehicles for various reasons. Whether they are taking their kids to school or using a vehicle for work purposes, numerous people are in some type of vehicle for at least a portion of their day. Because of their prevalence in so many individuals’ lives, it is important that vehicles are not dangerous to consumers.

It was recently reported that General Motors has issued a recall due to potential engine hazards. According to reports, Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 trucks from 2017 to 2019, GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 trucks from the same years, and the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 4500, 5500 and 6500 commercial trucks are affected by the recall. The issue that prompted this action relates to potential engine fires.

Apparently, the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engines and engine block heaters could cause a fire if the connection between the engine block heater and the connecting cord short circuits. At the time of the report, 19 fires related to this problem had been reported but no injuries or accidents. The report did not mention what steps, if any, will be taken to correct the issue.

When vehicles are dangerous to consumers, it is possible for those vehicles to be categorized as lemons. Whether that categorization truly fits a new vehicle can depend on many factors, but California residents who have been affected by this or other vehicle recalls may wish to consider finding out more information on lemon laws and what such cases entail. Filing lemon law claims could allow affected individuals to pursue compensation for applicable damages.