GM recalls 1.5 million vehicles because of fire hazard

June 9th, 2010 - 12:50 am ICT by BNO News  

DETROIT (BNO NEWS) – General Motors on Tuesday announced it will be recalling over 1 million vehicles because of a fire hazard due to failure in the heated washer-fluid system for the windshield.

Fifteen different models are included in the recall in around 1.5 million cars and trucks released from 2006 to 2009, and GM will make a voluntary payment of $100 to the owner or lessee of each vehicle.

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

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.”

GM said 1,365,070 of the vehicles are in the United States, 98,794 in Canada, 26,228 in Mexico, and 38,093 exports.

Models include: the 2006 to 2009 Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS and Hummer H2; the 2007 to 2009 Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Acadia, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, Saturn Outlook; the 2008 to 2009 Buick Enclave and Cadillac CTS; and the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse.

There are no known injuries or crashes related to the condition.

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