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GM Recalls 249,000 SUVs

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On: Tue, Aug 21, 2012 at 11:02AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


GM Recalls 249,000 SUVs

Hot off the heels of a 9,000 unit van recall, General Motors has issued another recall for nearly a quarter of a million vehicles. Five GM-related SUV models are included in this new recall: the Buick Rainier, Chevy Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X. Once again, it seems that northeastern/north central states (states that experience four full seasons) are proving to be a trouble area for some GM vehicles.

According to the report, fluid (read:  rain and/or melted snow) can get inside the driver's door module and short out the power lock and window switches, which could cause the components to malfunction, melt, and or catch fire. GM has not established a plan as of this writing, but owners may contact dealers to find out more information.

Read on for the full report and contact information for individual company contact numbers.

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Buick / Rainier2006-2007
Chevrolet / Trailblazer2006-2007
GMC / Envoy2006-2007
Isuzu / Ascender2006-2007
Saab / 9-7X2006-2007
Manufacturer:General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Aug 15, 2012
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:12V406000
NHTSA Action Number:EA12004
Component:Electrical System
Potential Number of Units Affected:249,260

Summary:

General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles, originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire.

Consequence:

A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Remedy:

The remedy plan is still being finalized. A notification schedule has not been determined yet. Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners will be notified by GM. Buick owners may contact the owner center at 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners at 1-866-694-6546, and GMC owners at 1-866-996-9463. Isuzu owners will be notified by Isuzu Motors. Owners may contact Isuzu customer service at 1-800-255-6727. SAAB owners will be notified by SAAB Cars North America and for inquiries, owners may call SAAB customer service at 1-855-880-0808.

Notes:

GM's campaign number is 12180. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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