GM Recalls 200,000 SUVs Due To Fire Hazard

GM has recalled over 200,000 SUVs due to a fire hazard. The newest recall is in addition to the 249,000 sport utility vehicles recalled last August. Both recalls involve fire hazards within the electrical systems.

The recalls are due to a wiring flaw in the driver’s side door. Corrosion may expose the circuit board to water, causing the electronic components to short. The short can cause smoke or fire.The hazard exists even if the vehicle is not in use.

Included in the latest GM recall are all 2006-2007 Buick/Rainier, Chevrolet/Trailblazer, GMC/Envoy, and Isuzu/Ascender models. Also included are the 2006 Chevrolet/Trailblazer EXT and GMC/Envoy XL, along with the 2005-2007 Saab/9-7X.

In addition to the fire hazard, a short in the system can cause issues with the operation of power windows on the driver’s side door.

As reported by News 10, GM has suggested that vehicle owners store the SUVs outside until they can be repaired. The affected vehicles should be checked by dealers, who will either replace the parts or install a protective coating. The repair or replacement will be offered at no charge. The recall is set to officially begin on July 24.

As reported by Edmunds.com, GM has reported several minor injuries due to the malfunction, but no one has been seriously hurt.

The original GM recall specified vehicle owners in the “snow belt” regions of the US. As vehicles in those states are more likely to come into contact with salt from the roads, there is an increased likelihood of corrosion on the door.

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Both recalls combined affect over 400,000 GM sport utility vehicles. Nobody has been seriously injured to date. However, GM officials point out that there is a slight possibility of serious injury if the components go unchecked. The risk of structural damage can also be reduced by parking the vehicles outdoors.

Vehicle owners can contact their dealers about the GM recall. Notices will be mailed out to all known vehicle owners. Questions will also be answered at the following numbers:

Buick 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet 1-866-694-6546, GMC 1-866-996-9463, Isuzu 1-800-255-6727, and Saab 1-855-880-0808.

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