General Motors Company is recalling 1.5 million 2007-2009 model-year cars, trucks and crossover vehicles to disable a heated washer-fluid system module that goes up in flames.
Because the accessory will be disabled, GM says it will make a voluntary payment of $100 to the owner or lessee of each vehicle.
There are no known injuries or crashes related to the condition, according to GM.
However, a newly vigilant National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which slept through numerous reports of Toyota unintended acceleration deaths, is clearly a factor in this recall. (See NHTSA Ups Toyota Death Tally)
The heated washer fluid system was recalled in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control-circuit ground wire. Dealers at the time installed an in-line fuse in the heated washer module wiring.
NHTSA closed its initial investigation after the 2008 recall.