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General Motors is recalling certain 2006 and 2007 SUVs, including the Chevrolet TrailBlazer and GMC Envoy, in a second recall involving potential fire risk. Owners are advised to park their vehicles outside until fixed.
A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the recall in the U.S. at 193,652. A report in The Detroit News says the recall also affects 4,876 vehicles in Mexico, 3,546 in Canada, and 30,000 outside North America.
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Vehicles affected by the recall include:
2007 Buick Rainier
2007 Buick RainierEnlarge Photo
According to the NHTSA bulletin, fluid may enter the driver’s door, causing rust that could short the circuit board. This, in turn, may cause the power door lock/window switches to malfunction or fail to operate, or overheating, which could melt door module components and result in a fire.
The NHTSA bulletin warns that a fire increases the risk of personal injury and could occur even when the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners of vehicles affected by the recall are urged to park outside until repairs are completed.
As reported by The Detroit News, General Motors said it has received “at least” 28 reports of door fires, six reports of injuries, and two of property damage related to this issue.
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What General Motors will do
Chevrolet, Buick, GMC will notify owners, and Saab and Isuzu will notify their respective owners. Dealers will first test the door module and if it is functioning properly, a protective coating will be applied. If the door module is malfunctioning, it will be replaced. The service will be performed at no charge.
The General Motors recall, identified as No. 12180, is expected to begin July 24, 2013. This is an expansion of the earlier GM recall No. 12V-406.
2007 Isuzu Ascender S
2007 Isuzu Ascender SEnlarge Photo
In the meantime, owners of vehicles involved in the recall with any questions or concerns may call: Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6536, Buick at 1-800-521-7300, GMC at 1-866-006-9463, Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727, and Saab at 1-855-880-0808.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V248000.