General Motors will recall 1.4 million vehicles to fix a potential fire hazard. The problem is a windshield washer fluid system that can heat up, thus sparking a fire. Two years ago, GM recalled more than 900,000 vehicles for the same problem but the “fix” was not adequate. Instead, the automaker will now disable the system, according to a CNN Money article.
Although it’s not needed in Florida, General Motors had created a way to heat windshield washer fluid in cold climates so it would work better. Two years ago, GM dealers put a fuse in the vehicle to prevent a short circuit which was causing a grounding wire to overheat, leading to smoke and problems with other electrical components. The company that made the heating system went bankrupt in 2008.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports there have been five incidents of fires in GM vehicles that had the original repair, so the overheating is not being stopped by the fuse. There have been no injuries reported.
Among the 1.4 million vehicles affected by the recall are the Buick Enclave and Lucerne; the Cadillac CTS, DTS, and Escalade; the Chevy Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe and Traverse; and the GMC Acadia, Sierra, and Yukon; the Hummer H2; and the Saturn Outlook, reports CNN. The models fall within the 2006 to 2009 years.
Any owner will receive $100 from GM as compensation and can contact GM customer service or NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.
Jacksonville vehicle defect injury lawyers will continue to monitor updates regarding the GM recall as they are announced.