Engine Block Heaters Can’t Handle the Cold

GM is recalling more cars because the engine block heater cord can get damaged in the cold. That’s right – the device that’s supposed to keep your engine toasty in the winter is unable to handle cold temperatures. That’s like a snow tire deflating as soon as you drive over ice. Maybe GM needs to install an engine-block-heater heater?

The affected cars all have the optional Calix oil pan / block heaters:

  • 2013-14 Buick Encore
    Manufactured between 08/23/12 – 09/09/13
  • 2013-14 Buick Verano
    Manufactured between 08/08/12 – 06/20/13
  • 2013-14 Chevy Cruze
    Manufactured between 08/07/12 – 08/16/13
  • 2012-14 Chevy Sonic
    Manufactured between 05/10/11 – 08/16/12

GM hasn’t announced when the heater block recall will begin, but let’s hope it happens before snow flakes start falling. To fix the issue, GM dealers will replace the heater cord with a new cord that is rated for temperatures of minus 40 degrees Celsius or, as we here in Vermont like to call it, just another brisk February morning.

Concerned owners can contact Buick customer service at 800-521-7300 or Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 and refer to recall number 14257.