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Chevrolet Silverado Recalls

Chevy Silverado Recalls by Year: Complete List

| by Michelle Yang, Esq.

Searching for the most recent and relevant Chevy Silverado Recalls? Whether you’re a Silverado owner or you’re thinking about acquiring this popular Chevrolet pickup, it’s key to stay informed about potential recall notices and safety issues linked to this model. This guide dives deep into the recall history of the Silverado, laying bare the causes, and advising on measures you can take to keep your truck safe. From minor setbacks to major safety hazards linked to recalls, we’ll provide a thorough understanding of the Chevy Silverado Recalls you need to know about in 2023.

If you leased or purchased a defective Chevy Silverado, it is very likely that you are entitled to compensation.  Contact Cali Lemon Lawyers for a free case evaluation.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about Chevrolet Silverado 1500 recalls between 2015 and 2023.

Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Recalls

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Recalls are issued by manufacturers or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when a vehicle poses a risk of injury or fails to meet safety criteria. Despite being one of the most well-known automotive brands in the world, Chevrolet’s vehicles are not immune to mechanical and safety issues. In fact, several Chevy BoltChevy Malibu and Chevy Silverado owners have reported complaints that resulted in successful Lemon Law claims against the company. These issues range from minor to serious, warranting recalls for some models, which we’ll take a closer look at below.

While most drivers of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra know it to be a reliable model, there have been a number of well-documented manufacturing defects. As a result, and as of March 6, 2023General Motors LLC (GM) has issued 30 recalls since 2018 on certain Chevrolet vehicles due to safety concerns. The recalls have been prompted for the following 2018-2022 Chevrolet Silverado trucks:

  • 2020-2023 Chevy Silverado Exterior Lighting Recalls (2)
  • 2015-2021 Chevy Silverado Air Bag Recalls (3)
  • 2019-2021 Chevy Silverado Seat Belt Recalls (6)
  • 2019-2021 Chevy Silverado Tire Recalls (8) 
  • 2019-2020 Chevy Silverado Powertrain Recalls (2)
  • 2015-2020 Chevy Silverado Service Brakes, Hydraulic, Electronic Stability Control Recalls (6)
  • 2020 Chevy Silverado Service Fuel System, Gasoline Recall
  • 2016-2020 Chevy Silverado Electrical System Recalls (2)

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Chevrolet Silverado Transmission Recalls

Unfortunately, many Chevy Silverado’s have shown several signs of a bad transmission. Below is an extensive list of all the Chevrolet Silverado transmission recalls that have been identified. These recalls involve a range of issues, from improperly-cast sun gears to software defects causing erratic shifts and overheating:

2015-2019 Chevy Transmission Recall: This involves the 8L90 and 8L45 eight-speed automatic transmissions found in specific Silverado models. The issue pertains to an improperly-cast sun gear. This defect could lead to the disengagement of the driver’s side half-shaft from the transmission, resulting in a sudden loss of propulsion.

2016-2019 Chevy Transmission Recall: Yet another concern for the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmissions. A software defect may have been built into these transmissions, causing them to shift unpredictably or abruptly.

2017-2019 Chevy Transmission Recall: A separate issue for the 8L90 eight-speed automatic transmissions where a software defect can cause the transmission to overheat, potentially leading to a fire.

2021 Chevy Transmission Recall: This recall specifically targets 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles. The problem is an improperly installed transmission fluid cooler, which can result in a leak of transmission fluid.

2023 Chevy Transmission Recall: Finally, there’s a recall for the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado models 4500HD, 5500HD, and 6500HD. Similar to the 2021 recall, the transmission cooler may have been improperly installed, leading to a possible transmission fluid leak.

More Concerning Faults that Warranted Recalls of the Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Some of the most common problems warranting recalls over the years have included:

  • Incompatible spare tires
  • Over cured tires, causing sudden air loss
  • Insecure seatbelts
  • Software errors
  • Electrical issues
  • Airbag issues
  • Brake and hydraulic problems

Chevrolet 1500 common problems

1. Issues with the Brakes

One of the issues that several drivers have identified is with the breaks being hard to engage. Brakes are one of the most important safety features of any vehicle because they help a vehicle slow down, preventing it from colliding with other vehicles or other off-road objects.

A car’s braking system consists of brake rotors, calipers, brake pads, and brake lines that all work together to bring it to a stop. Manufacturing faults can result in a part’s failure to do its job correctly, which can have an impact on the entire braking system. One of the reasons LLC GM is recalling certain vehicles is because of a defective part in the braking system.

2. Problems with the Engine

Another commonly reported issue with the Silverado 1500 and the GMC Sierra was a problem with the engine. These included misfires, grinding noises, shaking, ticking noises, fuel injector failure, the check engine light turning on, wire harness, and problems with the engine control unit.

The cylinder is the heart of the engine, and it has a piston that moves up and down. Cars typically have several cylinders that are typically positioned in an inline or flat. In addition to the cylinder, the following parts also make up the engine of a car:

Spark Plugs

The spark plug is responsible for igniting the air and fuel mixture and allowing internal combustion to take place within the engine. In order for everything to work correctly, the spark must occur at precisely the right time.

The Piston and Piston Rings

Inside the cylinder of a car’s engine, a piston may be found. As mentioned before, the piston is a cylindrical structure that moves up and down inside the cylinder. Piston rings are located between the outside surface of the piston and the inner parts of the cylinder. These piston rings provide a sliding seal.

The rings keep the fuel and air mixture from leaking into the sump during combustion. They also prevent oil from seeping from the sump into the combustion region, where it can be consumed and lost.


The crankshaft is responsible for converting the piston’s vertical action into a circular motion.

Connecting Rod

The piston is connected to the crankshaft by the connecting rod. It can spin at both extremities, allowing the angle of the piston to alter as the crankshaft spins.

A manufacturing fault concerning any of these parts can result in the engine problems mentioned above. If you notice any of these issues, be sure to contact Chevrolet’s customer service at 1-866-694-6546.

What You Should Do If You Identify a Safety Risk with Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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Drivers who identify any issues with their vehicle must contact Chevrolet customer service or contact GMC customer service to lodge a complaint. Many drivers fail to realize that reporting a possible factory defect can help to save thousands of lives.

Some of the issues that Chevrolet customers have reported are problems with the driver frontal air bag and a damaged plastic air bag cover. Because these devices are life-saving in the event of an accident, it is imperative that they are repaired before anyone is seriously injured or loses their life as a result of this type of factory defect.

Contact GM Customer Service

When you reach out to Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546 or GM at 1-800-462-8782, the companies keep a record of all the complaints they have received regarding a particular issue. Suppose there is a noticeable trend and several users have reported similar issues. In that case, it conducts an investigation of its own to determine whether these claims are valid and identify the underlying issue.

What Happens If the Manufacturer Identifies a Manufacturing Error?

Once General Motors LLC (GM) has identified a manufacturing fault, it issues a recall on all Chevrolet vehicles of that particular model.

If General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling any of its pickup trucks, GM will notify owners and dealers of the safety concern that has been raised. The company then sends the owner notification letters once it has determined a time for the vehicle to be collected.

What to Do If a Recall Has Been Issued on Your Chevrolet Silverado 1500

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If General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GM will notify owners and dealers that an order for a recall has been issued via owner notification letters. Recalls are done free of charge, so drivers are encouraged to send their vehicles in for repair when they are requested to do so. To find out more about the recall, you can do one of the following:

1. Contact Chevrolet Customer Service at 1-866-694-6546

Owners can get in touch with Chevrolet customer service at 1-866-694-6546 to find out more about the recall. The automotive company liaises with GMC (the manufacturer) whenever there is a recall of its vehicles. Additionally, Chevrolet is likely to know more about when your vehicle is scheduled for a recall and can tell you why General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain vehicles.

2. Contact GMC Customer Service at 1-800-462-8782

Another way to find out more about a Chevy recall is to contact the manufacturer directly. You can contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782 for more technical information on the recall, including the number for this recall.

3. Contact Your Dealer

Drivers can also contact their dealers to find out more about the recall. The dealer often sets up the time and date for the recall, so you can contact them to find out more about when you can expect to send your pickup truck in. Alternatively, contact GM at 1-800-462-8782 or Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-462-8782.

4. Find the Details of the Recall with the Vehicle Identification Number on the GM Website

If GM is recalling certain vehicles, owners can check the number for this recall and other details on the GM website. Keep in mind that you must have your vehicle’s VIN Number. This number is a 17-character long number that can be found on your state vehicle registration. Alternatively, contact GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782.

The Bottom Line

Even the most reputable car manufacturers often find that there have been critical details that they have missed when designing and manufacturing a vehicle. Vehicles are a collection of systems that all work together to propel them forward and allow them to stop when the need arises. Sometimes a manufacturing default can cause these systems to malfunction.

When this occurs with your Silverado 1500, it is important that you notify Chevrolet or GMC. You should report a factory default, whether it is as seemingly trivial as a defective plastic air bag cover or more serious, like a transmission, braking system, or engine default.

If the problem is deemed serious enough, Chevrolet or GM will notify owners and dealers of a recall. Owners are encouraged to participate in these recalls when they occur. When a recall is issued, the manufacturer acknowledges that the problem was their fault and conducts the necessary repairs free of charge.

Chevy Silverado recalls occur due to faulty brakes, transmission issues, engine problems and more. Get a free case review!


Comments (5)
  • I have a 2019 Silverado with a rear main seal leak. 60,818 miles. Dealer says it’s not under warranty. Might cost 1,000 to repair. Has anyone else experienced this.

  • I have a 2016 1500 Chevy Silverado it’s been a lemon since I bought it dealer has told me since I had it I had a rear seal leak I don’t see it

  • My husband has a 2018 Silverado1500…the transmission has been a problem for the past 6 months! He’s taken t to the dealership where it was purchased…they say there’s nothing they can do!!!!! I’ve went to several mechanics. They refuse to work on it!!!
    Chevrolet used to be a reliable product, but now it’s a piece of junk! Afraid to drive it far, it’s gonna stop in the meddle of the road! It’s a shame to buy a brand new vehicle (paid in cash) and it won’t be run properly!!!! My 1970 truck is more reliable!

  • Always had Chevy trucks. Last purchase was 2018 1500 and still believe in them but some rare problems happened. At 30k mi it started shifting hard at 20k mi stock tires needed replaced. 45k redone transmission fluid and filter with 2nd gear still ruff. Regular oil changes at 3500 and air filter. At 80k I changed brakes all around and could have got another 10k out of them. Now at 90k the problems start with the condenser brackets breaking loose and trans slipping and shifting really bad Recall or warranty

  • Has anyone else have engine failure of 2018 chevy silverado 1500 (V6 4.3L) . Only 42,000 miles on vehicle. Didn’t tow or haul any loads in bed, only used for city and highway driving. Lucky I had extended warranty, cost of repair is $11,700. Dealer said crankshaft broke. 5 months and still waiting for a replacement engine. Talked to GM customer service they don’t know when I will get the engine.

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