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GM Recalling 1.5 Million Vehicles For Potential Fire Hazard

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On: Tue, Jun 8, 2010 at 12:46PM | By: Drew Christy


GM Recalling 1.5 Million Vehicles For Potential Fire Hazard

General Motors is recalling 1.5 million Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Hummer, Saturn, and GMC vehicles worldwide to fix a heated windshield wiper fluid system module, which could cause a fire. The recall affects several GM car, truck, and SUV models made between 2006 to 2009. This is the second recall for the same heated windshield wiper fluid system. GM originally recalled the system back in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control-circuit ground wire and cause a fire. Dealers fixed the vehicles by installing an in-line fuse in the heated washer module wiring, however, GM came across new reports of fires in vehicles that had been fixed.

In a press release, General Motors Executive Director of Safety stated: “While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small compared with the number of vehicles on the road, we want our customers to have complete peace of mind. We always want to make sure customers can count on the safety and quality of their GM vehicle.” GM has decided to disable the heated portion of the washer fluid system because no solution is available to fix the malfunctioning module. Dealership service personnel will remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid hoses. “This was a unique technology available from only one supplier, and that supplier has stopped manufacturing, which left no opportunity to collaborate on an improved design,” Boyer said. Boyer continued, “We want to be clear that the voluntary payment to customers is for the loss of the feature, not the recall.” The report says GM will reimburse owners and lease holders $100 since the feature is being disabled.

GM will start sending recall notices this month, however, customers may also contact their local dealer at any time to make an appointment to have the heated washer system removed. Most of the vehicles, 1,365,070, are in the United States; there are 98,794 affected vehicles in Canada; 26,228 in Mexico, and 38,093 elsewhere. There are no known injuries or crashes reported, however, GM is aware of five fires.

See the list and full report after the jump...

LIST OF AFFECTED VEHICLES:

* BUICK / ENCLAVE 2008-2009
* BUICK / LUCERNE 2006-2009
* CADILLAC / CTS 2008-2009
* CADILLAC / DTS 2006-2009
* CADILLAC / ESCALADE 2007-2009
* CADILLAC / ESCALADE ESV 2007-2009
* CADILLAC / ESCALADE EXT 2007-2009
* CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE 2007-2009
* CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 3500 2007-2009
* CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN 2007-2009
* CHEVROLET / TAHOE 2007-2009
* CHEVROLET / TRAVERSE 2009
* GMC / ACADIA 2007-2009
* GMC / SIERRA 2007-2009
* GMC / YUKON 2007-2009
* GMC / YUKON XL 2007-2009
* HUMMER / H2 2006-2009
* SATURN / OUTLOOK 2007-2009

NHTSA REPORT:

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date: JUN 04, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V240000 N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 1365070

Summary: GM is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 vehicles equipped with a heated washer fluid system (HWFS). A recall was implemented in 2008 to add a fuse to the control circuit harness to address the potential consequences of a printed circuit board electrical short. However, there have been new reports of thermal incidents on HWFS modules after this improvement was installed. These incidents resulted from a new failure mode attributed to the device's thermal protection feature. The significance varies from minor distortion to considerable melting of the plastic around the HWFS fluid chamber.
Consequence: It is possible for the heated washer module to ignite and a fire may occur.

Remedy: Dealers will permanently disable and remove the heated washer fluid module. An updated page for the owner manual will be provided and inserted in the owner manual to document that the feature has been permanently disabled and removed from the vehicle. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before June 14, 2010. Owners may contact Buick at 1-866-608-8080, Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Saturn at 1-800-972-8876, GMC at 1-866-996-9463 and Hummer at 1-800-732-5493 or at the owner center at WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .




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