GM Recalls 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo Subcompacts For Fire Risk

May 21, 2014
2008 Chevrolet Aveo SVM

2008 Chevrolet Aveo SVM

General Motors [NYSE: GM] has announced that it is recalling 218,000 subcompact sedans and hatchbacks—some now ten years old—for an issue that could potentially also be a fire hazard.

ALSO SEE: GM Recalls 2.42M Vehicles For Four More Safety Issues

The issue affects the daytime running lamps (DRLs) in 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo models, which were built in South Korea, by what was then called GM Daewoo.

GM had just yesterday announced another massive recall, of 2.42 million vehicles, for several different issues. And the flurry of recall announcements could be part of an effort to push out any additional recall issues ahead of further Congressional hearings and amidst a Department of Justice investigation about its ignition-switch-related recalls.

Last week GM agreed to pay a record $35 million civil penalty—the maximum permissible—for how it handled the recall process for its ignition-switch-related issues.

As for this Aveo recall, the automaker notes that there have been fires from the running-lamp issue in the Aveo, but no related fatalities. The problem pertains not to the lights themselves, but to a lighting control module that's located in the center-console portion of the instrument panel.

GM hasn't yet provided a plan to fix or remedy the issue, but concerned owners can call either the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or GM Customer Care at 800-222-1020.

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