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GM SUV Recall Tied to Vehicle Fires

A new GM SUV recall involves popular sport utility vehicles that could accidentally catch fire due to faulty power window switches. The issue surround this newest GM SUV recall is reportedly so serious that the manufacturer is requesting that drivers leave the vehicle parked due to concerns that it could catch fire even when left unattended. GM has announced it will stop selling the affected models and that replacement parts for the defective switches will be available in the fall.

Models Affected by GM SUV Recall

The latest GM SUV recall includes nearly 190,000 sport utility vehicles, primarily from 2006 and 2007. The domestic models mentioned in the GM SUV recall notice include the Buick Rainier, the GMC Envoy, and the Chevy Trailblazer. GM also included the Saab 97-X and the Isuzu Ascender among the models in the GM SUV recall notice. The notice came as the result of a 2012 investigation by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration into reports about fires in the driver’s side power window switches.

GM SUV Recall Stems From Driver Complaints

The manufacturer received more than 240 complaints, including 28 that specifically mentioned spontaneous fires, before issuing the GM SUV recall. According to the NHTSA report, one driver reported that her 2006 Chevy Trailblazer unexpectedly caught fire while it was parked in her driveway. The fire consumed the entire driver’s side of the vehicle’s interior, along with a section of the front passenger seat. When the firefighters extinguished the blaze, they told the driver that the fire started in the driver’s side door.

GM SUV Recall Latest Troubling News for Automaker

The GM SUV recall is the latest in a long line for the troubled automaker, which has also been forced to issue recalls on more than 3 million vehicles due to defective ignition switches. The faulty ignition switch would cause the vehicle to lose power to the engine, air bags and other safety systems. Reports form GM have attributed at least 13 deaths to the problem, but other agencies cite several more fatalities related to the ignition failures. As of August 2014, no fatalities or injuries have been reported citing the fires related to the latest GM SUV recall as a cause.

Source: Dallas Morning News

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