General Motors is conducting a safety recall of some 249,260 mid-size SUVs following a preliminary investigation earlier this year by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) over door fire risk.
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A notice on the NHTSA website identifies the vehicles as certain model year 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, 2006-2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender SUVs.
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Affected vehicles were originally sold or are currently registered in 20 states and the District of Columbia. The states involved include Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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According to the NHTSA bulletin, fluid may enter the driver’s door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. In the event of a short, the power door lock and power windows may function erratically or cease to operate. The short could also cause overheating, which could then lead to the door module components melting, producing odor, smoke or a fire. A fire increases the risk of occupant injury.
This recall was the subject of a Preliminary Investigation (PE12003) launched in February 2012 and upgraded in June 2012 to an Engineering Analysis (EA12004), conducted by the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI).
According to GM, fires have been reported in door modules, but no fires have spread beyond the vehicles’ interiors. Furthermore, no crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the defect. GM said that there have been 167 reports and 698 warranty claims issued regarding the problem.
The NHTSA has received 83 complaints, 66 of which claim that the door module melted, while the 17 remaining said the window switches malfunctioned or failed to work. In addition, 28 of the reports received have led to driver door fires, some of which allege that the vehicle was unattended and not in operation at the time.
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As the remedy plan for the problem is still being finalized, the notification schedule to owners has yet to be determined. General Motors will notify owners of Buick, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles involved in the recall. Isuzu Motors will notify Isuzu Ascender owners and Saab 9-7X owners will be notified by Saab Cars North America.
In the meantime, owners of vehicles involved in the recall may contact the following:
- Buick – 1-800-521-7300
- Chevrolet – 1-866-694-6546
- GMC – 1-866-996-9463
- Isuzu – 1-800-255-6727
- Saab – 1-855-880-0808
The General Motors safety recall campaign number is 12180.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may also contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V406000.