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Auto Defects: Fire Hazards Prompt General Motors and Chrysler to Recall Vehicles

General Motors announced today that it is recalling approximately 1.5 million autos because of a problem with the heated windshield wiper system that poses a possible fire hazard. The recall affects the following vehicles:
(2006 – 2009 models)
Buick Lucerne
Hummer H2
Cadillac DTS
(2008, 2009 models)
Buick Enclave
Cadillac CTS
(2007-2009 models)
Escalade ESV
Cadillac Escalade
Escalade EXT
Silverado
Tahoe
Chevrolet Avalanche
Suburban
Sierra
GMC Acadia
Yukon XL
Yukon
Saturn Outlook
(2009 model)
Chevrolet Traverse
GM says it knows of about five fires that have broken out because of the auto defect but that there are no reports of related car crash injuries or deaths.
This recall comes on the heels of Chrysler’s recall on Monday of nearly 600,000 Jeep Wranglers (2006 – 2010 models) and Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country (2008 and 2009 models) minivans. While the Jeeps may have a problem with the front inner fender liners, which can cause the brake fluid to leak, this can result in partial brake loss. Meantime, the Chrysler minivans have wiring that, due to their improper placement, could cause a fire inside to break out inside the sliding doors. Chrysler’s latest recall is separate from its recall last week of 71 Jeep Compasses and 35,000 Dodge Calibers over a sticky gas pedal defect.
GM to recall about 1.5 million vehicles because of fire hazard, Los Angeles Times, June 9, 2010
GM windshield wiper recall affects 1.5 million vehicles, USA Today, June 9, 2010
Chrysler to Recall More Than 683,000 Vehicles, Wall Street Journal, June 8, 2010
Related Web Resources:
Safercar.gov
General Motors

Fires and motor vehicles don’t mix. They can lead to car fires, car crashes, and serious burn injuries for vehicle occupants and others who may be in the vicinity.
If someone you love died or was seriously hurt in a car fire that you believe was caused even in part by an auto defect, our auto products liability law firm would be happy to discuss your case with you.

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