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GM Recalling SUVs for 3rd Time to Fix Fire Risk

Problem switches have created problems for numerous makers.

by on Aug.08, 2014

GM is re-recalling a number of 2006 - 2007 midsize SUVs, such as this Chevrolet TrailBlazer, due to a potential fire hazard.

General Motors is recalling almost 190,000 older SUVs for the third time to try to fix problem switches that could cause a vehicle fire.

The problem is so severe that the maker is warning owners to park the vehicles outside until repairs can be made – but it doesn’t expect to have the necessary parts until at least October.

Behind the Headlines!

The problem centers around switch window switch modules in the driver’s door that may short out if exposed to rain or other liquids. It’s a problem a number of other manufacturers have experienced over the last several years, and has proven particularly difficult to resolve, Honda also having to re-recall some models after an initial fix proved ineffective.

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No Longer in the U.S. Market, Suzuki Still Facing Recall

Potential fire risk in vehicles produced for Japanese maker by GM.

by on May.23, 2014

The 2008 Suzuki Reno is one of two of the maker's models covered by the new recall.

It’s been gone from the U.S. market for two years but Suzuki is still facing the safety-related callback of 184,000 vehicles, the latest maker tagged by what has been dubbed the automotive recall crisis.

The Japanese maker’s Forenza and Reno models could experience fires as a result of problems with defective lighting modules. The problem is actually linked to a recall announced this week by General Motors which built the Forenza and Reno models for Suzuki.

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The problem is the result of excess heat generated by the two vehicles’ headlamp and daytime running light modules. That could melt some of the lighting components and lead to a possible fire. The recall covers Suzuki Forenza models produced between 2004 and 2008, and 2005 to 2008 Reno models.

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GM Adds Millions of Vehicles to Recall List

Latest announcements come as CEO Barra prepares to face Congress.

by on Mar.31, 2014

GM CEO Mary Barra will face two days of hearings on Capitol Hill this week.

Even as General Motors prepares for what is likely to be a tough grilling on Capitol Hill later this week, the automaker has been rapidly expanding the list of vehicles covered under a variety of safety-related recalls.

That includes not only another 971,000 added to the list of products covered by a deadly ignition switch problem but 172,000 newer Chevrolet Cruze sedans as well as 490,000 full-size Chevy and GMC pickups and sport-utility vehicles.  Even the maker’s new Cadillac ELR plug-in hybrid has been targeted by a new service action, albeit in relatively miniscule numbers.

Automotive Insight!

The flood of safety-related problems could lead to an even tougher grilling when Barra, GM’s first female chief executive sits down in front of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to explain the maker’s response to an ignition switch problem so far linked to at least 12 deaths and 31 crashes.

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