GM has gone straight to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to make its case that a full-blown recall will not be necessary for some electrical gremlins that can cause the cruise control to turn off and indicator lights to flash in its newest pickup trucks.
According to Automotive News, more than 200,000 2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500s and GMC Sierra 1500s built between Jan. 29 and Oct. 28, 2013, could be affected.
In its petition, GM says that the circumstances needed to trigger the problem are so small during normal operation that a full recall will not be necessary because it does not impact the safety of the existing pickups. Oddly, the glitch only occurs when a specific set of steering-wheel controls are used and accessed in a specific order. According to Automotive News, the anomaly has not been reported by any consumers, but was discovered in two pickups in test vehicle fleets.
Petitions to NHTSA are relatively common and are open to the public; this one is open for discussion until March 26. The government should rule on this issue by late spring.