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GM recall: 1.5 million vehicles for potential fire hazard

General Motors is recalling 1.5 million Buick, Cadillac, Hummer, Saturn and GMC sport-utility vehicles, pickups and cars from 2006 to 2009 because a heated washer fluid system module could pose a fire risk, the company said moments ago.

There are no known injuries or crashes associated with the problem, GM said.

Here are the 2006-09 vehicles under recall:

  • Buick Lucerne.
  • Cadillac DTS.
  • Hummer H2.

    Here are the 2008-09 vehicles under recall:

  • Buick Enclave.
  • Cadillac CTS.

    Here are the 2007-09 vehicles under recall:

  • Cadillac Escalade.
  • Escalade ESV.
  • Escalade EXT.
  • Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe.
  • GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL.
  • Saturn Outlook.

    Here is the 2009-only vehicle under recall:

  • Chevrolet Traverse.

    “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,” said Jeff Boyer, GM's executive director of safety. “We always want to make sure customers can count on the safety and quality of their GM vehicle.”

    Quoting from the GM press release:

    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 exports.

    The heated washer fluid system was recalled in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control-circuit ground wire. Dealers at the time installed an in-line fuse in the heated washer module wiring.

    Dealership service personnel will remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid hoses. Customers will begin receiving recall letters this month, but they can contact their dealer at any time to make an appointment to have the heated washer system removed.

    “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. “We want to be clear that the voluntary payment to customers is for the loss of the feature, not the recall.”

  • By Frank Ahrens  |  June 8, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
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    Comments

    1.5 million deadly General Motors junkers today; 700,000 Chryslers yesterday.

    Your income tax dollars bought both of these worthless companies so their products can kill you.

    Pathetic.

    Posted by: screwjob16 | June 8, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

    Have you noticed that the recalls for GM and Chrysler don't generate the same amount of stories that the Toyota recall generated? Americans, your tax dollars (that you'll never get back) are floating the unions at these companies that should have gone bankrupt. Fools!!

    Posted by: Christian1941 | June 8, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

    Since they filed for bankruptcy and now are a different company -- I'm sure they can wash their hands off this obligation.

    ... GM is now a totally new company ... the old company died when they filed bankruptcy and so did their bond and stock holders [all liabilities were wiped out in the quick bankruptcy] -- because this recall was a liability of the previous company, it is grandfathered by the protection.

    Posted by: free_np | June 8, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

    So, when is Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodlum scheduled to get behind a podium in front of a bunch of media cameras and reporters and state that if he owned a GM vehicle, he wouldn't drive it at all?

    -AleG

    Posted by: AleG | June 8, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

    What a novel approach - issue the recall BEFORE people get killed!

    Posted by: zkar90 | June 8, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

    Even though I don't agree with the bailouts...you can view it as a company actually being responsible and taking accountability for their actions before any serious injuries occur.

    Everybody's going to make mistakes sooner or later.

    Posted by: legendarypunk | June 8, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

    We should have let them go under in 2007 instead of giving them the millions of dollars they asked for. That money allowed the American auto industry to turn out the same crummy products at the expense of the tax payers.

    Posted by: damascuspride04 | June 8, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

    Don't forget who owns this lousy auto mis-manufacturer: hussein and his bloated federal bureaucracy! But have no fear, in six to ten weeks - in between his concerts, golfing and vacations - hussein will come out with a strong statement condemning Government Motors and then blame Bush for this problem.

    Posted by: TeaPartyPatriot | June 8, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

    For those of you that don't get it. This problem was caused by a part that GM didn't manufacture. No different than Toyota's issues. However, what matters most is that GM Executives learn from past mistakes and mistakes that Toyota made and address the problem before people get injured.

    Their approach to remove the module and refund customers for the lost feature goes well beyond what many automakers would do!

    Posted by: huristm | June 8, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

    Anyone consider what an inane idea heated wiper fluid is in the first place? When mixed properly, it is unlikely to freeze, and the spray will chill to air temperature before it hits the glass regardless.

    Just one more useless feature to 1) break, and 2) allow the price to be raised.

    Hopefully, the current recession will inspire us to think about these things more clearly.

    Posted by: OldUncleTom | June 8, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

    Have you noticed that the recalls for GM and Chrysler don't generate the same amount of stories that the Toyota recall generated? Americans, your tax dollars (that you'll never get back) are floating the unions at these companies that should have gone bankrupt. Fools!!

    Posted by: Christian1941

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Here's what the rest of us noticed (those with IQs above 100). It's a small number, there have been no injuries reported, and it was a part not manufactured by GM themselves. This is not sensational like Toyota because there aren't recorded calls to 9/11 of people driving with their windshields catching fire.

    Posted by: theobserver4 | June 8, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

    1.5 million cars bursting into flames? That's a lot! Are Emanuel and Obama going to manufacture a crisis and show-trial as they did for Toyota? Is Obama going to "kick their @ss?"

    No? Why not? Oh, I forgot, his cronies now OWN GM.

    Posted by: pgr88 | June 8, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

    Well the good news here is that the lack of Government Oversite which has resulted in quite a bit of news of late appears to not be responsible for the cause of this recall. And so far, everyone who drives these vehicles is ok. So I call this rather significant recall a sure sign of progress in the right direction! Well done America, I think.

    Posted by: jralger | June 8, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

    Have you seen a Ford lately?

    Posted by: rmcpks73 | June 8, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

    Another reason not to buy UAW products.

    Posted by: speedo1 | June 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

    The difference between this recall and Toyota is that Toyota lied and hid a problem that was deadly for years. GM routinely recalls vehicles, that have malfunctions, to be repaired. You will generate a lot more press when the issue is not the recall but the fact that you hid the recall from the public.

    Posted by: superstar79 | June 8, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

    When is Ray LaFool going to warn us not to drive dangerous GM vehicle?

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