GM recalls 258,000 SUVs for fire hazardMon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0700
General Motors is recalling a family of SUVs, including the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Saab 9-7x, Buick Rainier and Isuzu Ascender, after reports of 28 fires caused by short circuits in the power windows and locks. The recalled SUVs are from model years 2006 and 2007. In total, GM estimates 258,000 vehicles will need repairs.
No injuries have been reported, though fires have allegedly caused serious damage to some affected vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the danger is greater in cold states that use salt and other chemicals to melt ice. If those chemicals get into the wiring, the circuit could short out.
A remedy plan is still being formulated and a notification schedule has not been determined yet. Concerned owners can call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236 or the customer service number for their particular SUV manufacturer.
By Jake Lingeman