GM Recalls 250,000 SUVs Due to Potential Fire Hazard

General Motors Co. will recall 249,260 midsize sport utility vehicles to correct a potential fire hazard, a U.S. government safety agency said.

The recall pertains to some 2006 and 2007 Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Raniers, the SAAB 9-7x and Isuzu Ascenders, sold in a number of northern states, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The problem is related to moisture that can get inside the driver’s door and lead to a short circuit.

“Fluid may enter the driver’s door module, causing corrosion, that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or a fire,” GM said in its August 17th letter to the NHTSA that was posted on the agency’s website.

GM says that could cause the power locks and windows to fail.

General Motors reported that at least 28 vehicle door fires were reported in connection with the problem.

The recall includes a total of 249,260 vehicles that were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

GM dealers will replace the driver’s master power window switch on Chevrolet, GMC and Buick models.

SAAB and Isuzu owners can call the manufacturers’ customer service centers or the NHTSA safety hotline.

For more information, contact a Gacovino Lake attorney at 1-800-246-HURT (4878).

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