GM recalls older SUVs for possible fire risk

2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

GM is expanding their recall to include over 231,000 (193,000 in the United States) older SUVs, all of which are no longer in production. In fact, some of the brands are no longer in existence. Here is the breakdown of the SUVs involved in the latest GM recall:

  • 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer
  • 2006-2007 GMC Envoy
  • 2006-2007 Buick Rainier
  • 2006-2007 SAAB 9-7x
  • 2006-2007 Isuzu Ascender
  • 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT
  • 2006 GMC Envoy XL

The GM recall also includes 3,456 vehicles in Canada, nearly 5,000 in Mexico, and the rest outside of North America, along neither GM or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration specified where.

The expanded recall stems from the one that originated last August, when the General sought to  recall over 249,000 of the aforementioned vehicles, but only those affected in the “salt belt states”, which include the following:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

At the time, GM decided not to recall the remaining 193,000 vehicles, but instead offer what they called “special coverage”, which was short of an actual recall. After further discussions with the NHTSA, GM decided to recall the other SUVs, now totaling over 440,000. The recall was for the possibility of fluid (most likely water from either rain or a car wash) coming into the driver’s door panel, which over time could cause rust. This could lead to a short in the circuit board, causing the power door locks and windows to work intermittently, or not at all. It also could lead to the circuit board overheating, which could melt the components of the door panel, leading to smoke, odor, or a fire.

Unfortunately, there have been 28 reports of fires, and six reports of injuries, as well as two reports of property damage. Some of the reported incidents occurred while the vehicle was left unattended.

The latest GM recall, which is expected to begin on July 24, will have registered owners taking the affected SUVs in for inspection and repair or replacement of the driver’s door module, all at no charge. Upon inspection, if it is determined that the module is functioning properly, then the technicians will apply a protective coating over it…however, if it is not functioning properly, then they will replace it. The NHTSA is also advising owners to park their vehicles outside of their garage or any other enclosure, in order to reduce the risk of property damage. Owners can also contact their local ChevroletGMC, or Buick dealerships for additional information, as well as to schedule a service appointment. For SAAB and Isuzu owners, they can contact any GM dealership for this recall as well.

 

Source: The Detroit News

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