General Motors is recalling nearly 10,000 SUVs from model years 2006 and 2007 to fix an electrical problem that could result in a fire.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the problem with those vehicles involves a power switch module manufactured by Solectron Invotronics, which was installed in the driver's door. If fluid enters the module, it can corrode the circuit board, rendering the window and door lock switches inoperative.
It may also cause the switches to work intermittently or on their own, opening the windows and door locks without inputs from users.
Worst of all, in some cases, the circuit board may short out in such a way that it creates a fire hazard -- even when the vehicle is turned off.
Sound vaguely familiar? You're not imagining things. Three years ago, NHTSA investigated and GM subsequently recalled nearly 500,000 SUVs from 2006 and 2007 for the same problem. Unfortunately, the fix that GM proposed for those vehicles proved trickier than imagined, and the recall was complicated when some dealers didn't carry out repairs as they should've.
The vehicles included in the current recall were supposed to be repaired during the previous actions. According to NHTSA, however:
Dealers had previously reported to GM that these vehicles were repaired and their door modules were replaced, therefore these vehicles were excluded from the prior recall population. However, GM has since determined that some dealers incorrectly used the labor code associated with module replacement when, instead of replacing the module, they only added a protective coating to the module.
Due to the snafu, GM has received at least five reports of smoke or fire in the affected population of SUVs. Following an investigation, "GM discovered that these vehicles never received the replacement modules that dealers mistakenly reported; instead, they received only the protective coating."
The recall includes the following makes and models:
- 2006-2007 Buick Rainier built between August 10, 2005 and May 14, 2007
- 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer built between June 3, 2005 and May 14, 2007
- 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT built between June 29, 2005 and February 20, 2006
- 2006-2007 GMC Envoy built between June 22, 2005 and May 14, 2007
- 2006 GMC Envoy XL built between June 2, 2005 and June 11, 2006
GM says that dealers will install new door switch modules in the driver's door of these vehicles at no charge. If you have further questions, you're encouraged to call Buick customer service at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 and ask about recall #15700.
If you prefer, you can also contact NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V599000.