GM Recalls Suvs Over Fire Risk
General Motors troubles with vehicle safety won’t seem to go away. This time they recalled several SUVs in order to fix power window switches that can catch fire. Apparently the problem is so serious that GM is telling customers to park their SUVs outdoors because they could catch fire when left unattended.
The recall covers roughly 189,000 vehicles in North American. Models include:
- Chevrolet TrailBlazer
- GMC Envoy
- Buick Rainier
- Isuzu Ascender
- Saab 97-X
GM is in the middle of the biggest safety crisis in its history and have now issued a record 62 different recalls covering more than 29 million vehicles.
The issue with the SUVs first appeared in 2012 when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating consumer complaints of fires in the driver’s-door switches that control power windows. GM, who before this year was reluctant to issue recalls, tried to address the issue by sending letters to the vehicles owners warning them of the problem and extending the warranty.
Many complaints were filed over the years including one filed in October of 2008 by a woman who reported that she responded to her car alarm sounding while parked in her driveway. When she looked outside, it was in flames. The fire department responded and concluded that the blaze started in the driver side door. A similar incident happened to many individuals throughout American which prompted NHTSA’s investigation.
If you own one of the vehicles listed above, contact GM to start recall procedures. And of course park your vehicle outside and away from anything that can catch fire.