General Motors Co. has recalled almost 185,000 sport utility vehicles (SUVs) with faulty power window switches and is telling customers to keep them outside because they might catch on fire. GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a recall report received July 2 that fluid can enter and corrode the driver’s door master power window switch module, and potentially lead to a short-circuit causing the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative.
The 184,611 affected vehicles are certain model year 2005 to 2007 SAAB 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and 2006 to 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender vehicles. The company told the NHTSA that since a fire might even occur while the vehicles aren’t in use, owners should park them outside until the fix is eventually made. It said the short might also lead to overheating, which could melt parts of the door module and result in odor, smoke or fire.
At press time, parts required for the fix were not available. The dealer repair procedure, according to GM, is being finalized and will be issued soon. Customer advisory letters were to have been mailed last month. A second letter will be sent when parts are available in the fourth quarter, according to GM. Interestingly, the disclosure of the recall filing came two days after NHTSA said it had found that some owners of recalled GM vehicles receive inaccurate results when they attempt to use GM’s vehicle identification number search system to obtain recall information. NHTSA has told GM to fix the problem and to inform consumers. The agency has also urged consumers who learned through the system that their vehicle was not affected by any recall to check again or to contact GM by phone to get “accurate information.”
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