One of the many General Motors recalls for defective auto parts that may be getting less attention than it should is a recall of seven different SUV models because of a power window defect that could lead to a fire.
This is a potentially serious defect. A car fire can cause catastrophic injuries as well extensive property damage. In fact, about one in seven fires responded to by fire departments across the nation is a highway vehicle fire, according to the federal government.
In the case of the GM SUVs that have been recalled, the defect allows fluid (such as rain water) to get into the driver’s door master power window switch module. This may cause an electrical short, which could lead to smoke or fire as well as the window not opening or closing, Motor Trend magazine explains.
The recall affects 184,611 GM SUVs in total, including these models:
- SAAB 9-7x (2005-2007 model years)
- Chevrolet Trailblazer (2006-2007)
- Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT (2006)
- GMC Envoy
- GMC Envoy XL
- Buick Rainier
- Isuzu Ascender.
Dealers will inspect the part number on the door module and install a new one if necessary for free, but the parts were not available when the recall was announced, according to Motor Trend. GM will send a letters to known owners of affected vehicles when the parts are ready.
In the meantime, GM advises owners to keep their SUVs parked outdoors.
Keeping Up with GM Recalls
The power window device recall, announced earlier this month, is one of dozens of recalls GM has announced almost weekly since the beginning of 2014. Keeping an accurate account of all of GM’s reported manufacturing or design problems has become a daunting task.
The General Motors website provides a chart of GM recalls in North America in 2014, which is routinely updated. The site says 29 million vehicles, including 25.7 million in the U.S., have been recalled in 65 separate announcements since January 13.
On August 8, GM announced five more recalls of 269,000 vehicles.
The most well-known General Motors recall is for a faulty ignition system in 21 models of GM cars. This defect can cause a car that is running to suddenly shut off and leave the driver helpless as steering, brakes and even airbags become inoperable.
The ignition switch defect has been linked to at least 13 deaths. GM has already set up a system to pay some $400 to $600 million to victims of the faulty automotive system. (However, before filing a claim with this compensation program, it is advisable to speak with an attorney first about your case.)
Having acknowledged the ignition system failure, GM has also set up a website dedicated to this specific recall.
If you have your car’s VIN (vehicle identification number), you may search the online GM Recall Center to see whether your vehicle has been included in a General Motors recall. You can also keep up with GM press releases about recall news online.