General Motors Co. has recalled nearly 200,000 Hummers after three people reported being burned in fires caused by an overheated part in the vehicles’ heating and air conditioning motor. The automaker said it is recalling 196,379 of its 2006 through 2010 Hummer H3s and 2009 and 2010 Hummer H3Ts because the module that controls their heating and air conditioning motor’s speed can overheat, melting nearby plastic and causing a fire.
There have been 42 vehicles fires and three people burned. Of the total number of Hummers being recalled, 164,993 are in the U.S., and the remainder are in Mexico and Canada, GM said. Dealers will replace the affected portion of the connector and harness, the automaker reported. GM phased out its Hummer brand in 2010, after a $150 million deal to sell the brand to Chinese company Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co. Ltd. fell through.
In one complaint filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), a 2006 Hummer H3 owner reported that because of the motor fan, her car was “engulfed in flames” and was a “total loss.” “The problem is Hummer knows the part is defective and the replacement is also defective,” the complaint said. “This problem needs to be fixed with a national public recall before something terrible occurs. When my car caught on fire, I was in front of a school with children around, and need I restate that I was in the car when the fire began.”
The owner of a 2009 H3 told the vehicle safety regulator that after starting his or her Hummer’s engine, the entire dash emitted smoke, and a wire under the glove box caught fire. The fire spread rapidly, destroying the vehicle and other vehicles parked nearby, that complaint said.
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