General Motors has announced a recall of 249,260 SUVs because a faulty electrical system in the driver’s door could cause a fire. The recall includes the 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy, and some models of the Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender from the same model years. Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL models from the 2006 model year are also included.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “a short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury.” Specifically, the power window switch in the driver’s side door could short out if it’s touched by liquid leaking into the door. Even if the short doesn’t cause a fire, it could lead to the power door lock or power windows not functioning, according to NHTSA.
The recall affects SUVs that were either originally sold or are currently registered in Snow Belt states, including 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 Washington, D.C. According to CBS WWJ 950 News Radio in Detroit and the Associated Press, General Motors has received reports of 28 fires so far, but no reports of injuries.
USA Today reports that the damage is a result of corrosion from salt water, which can best be explained by the salt that these states use on the road during a snow storm.
If you own one of the affected vehicles, you’ll be notified by the manufacturer. The recall documents filed with NHTSA note that dealers will replace the faulty switch for free. General Motors hasn’t determined when it will begin notifying owners yet. For more information, you can call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.
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