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General Motors recalls 900,000 vehicles including Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

GMC is recalling 2019-2020 model year Sierra 1500s.

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General Motors has announced that they are recalling more than 900,000 vehicles worldwide because of two different recall issues. The first issue concerns a potential software glitch that could disable vehicle brake systems and notifications. The other is a manufacturing issue. Battery positive cable rings may have been manufactured with excessive glue, which could result in a fire risk or stalling.

In regard to the software glitch, more than 550,000 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Cadillac CT6, and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles are included in the recall. To address the issue, owners can visit their dealership and have then reflash their vehicle software.

2019 Cadillac XT6 Cadillac is recalling certain models of the CT6.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

An addition 400,000 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks have been recalled because of the excessive glue problem. That issue is trickier to fix. Chevy and GMC dealers will inspect the recalled vehicles for glue or other contamination and replace damaged components if necessary.

Altogether 814,000 of the recalled vehicles are in the United States.

To find out if your model is impacted by the recall, visit the NHTSA website and enter your car's vehicle identification number (VIN).

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General Motors and Lockheed Martin will design a prototype of a vehicle that's capable of traversing Mars.

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Toyota and Hyundai aren't the only automakers getting into the extra terrestrial mobility game. A new partnership between Lockheed Martin and General Motors will develop the next generation of lunar vehicles to transport astronauts to the surface of the Moon.

NASA's Artemis program has plans to send Americans back to the moon. Like the military did when they asked for an off-road-worthy transport vehicle for combat support use in the early 1940s, NASA is asking the automotive and aeronautics industry to develop a Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) to enable astronauts to explore the lunar surface father than ever before. The Apollo rovers only ventured 4.7 miles.

Lockheed Martin brings a 50-year history of working with NASA on a variety of deep-space human and robotic spacecraft, such as NASA's Orion exploration-class spaceship for Artemis, to the table. The company's crafts and systems have been to every planet in the solar system.

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"This alliance brings together powerhouse innovation from both companies to make a transformative class of vehicles," said Rick Ambrose, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Space. "Surface mobility is critical to enable and sustain long-term exploration of the lunar surface. These next-generation rovers will dramatically extend the range of astronauts as they perform high-priority science investigation on the Moon that will ultimately impact humanity's understanding of our place in the solar system."

General Motors, which first worked with NASA during the Apollo missions and helped develop the Apollo Lunar Roving Vehicle (LRV), that was used on Apollo 15-17 missions, is bringing its electric battery and autonomous vehicle technology know-how to the partnership.

"General Motors made history by applying advanced technologies and engineering to support the Lunar Rover Vehicle that the Apollo 15 astronauts drove on the Moon," said Alan Wexler, senior vice president of Innovation and Growth at General Motors. "Working together with Lockheed Martin and their deep-space exploration expertise, we plan to support American astronauts on the Moon once again."

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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD goes on sale this summer.

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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD isn't new, and neither is the Multi-Flex Tailgate. However, the combination of the two is fresh for the 2022 model year.

The Multi-Flex Tailgate will be offered as an option on all 2022 Silverado HD models, in addition to the segment-exclusive Power Up/Down Tailgate option on LT, LTZ and High Country.

General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, first offered the tailgate as the branded MultiPro Tailgate for GMC pickups. Then it was renamed for the Chevy trucks lineup and finally it makes its way to heavy-duty Chevy models.

2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado HD will be available with the Multi-Flex Tailgate.Photo courtesy of Chevrolet

The Chevrolet version of the tailgate really isn't much different than the GMC version. The biggest difference is that it wears bow tie badging.

It's functionality includes:

  • Primary gate — opens from the key fob, from inside the truck or via a button on the gate.
  • Primary gate load stop — helps prevent items from sliding out of the box.
  • Easy access — the inner gate folds down, allowing a deeper reach into the box.
  • Full-width step — the inner gate folds into a large step for easy access and holds up to 375 pounds.
  • Inner gate load stop — helps prevent second-tier items from sliding out of the box.
  • Inner gate with work surface — when opened, provides a work surface as well as second-tier loading.

2022 models also will be offered in a new exterior color, Greenstone Metallic, when the truck arrives on dealership lots later this summer. Pricing has yet to be announced.

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