Today, General Motors Company announced the recall of 1.5 million vehicles because the heated windshield washer fluid systems posed a fire hazard. There was a similar recall in 2008, but a second hazard was discovered in June 2009. That raises the question of why it took a year for the recall to be initiated.
Letters detailing the recall will begin to be mailed this month, but owners of recalled models can call their dealership now to arrange to have the fluid heating system removed. Washer fluid hoses will be reconnected, but the heater unit will not be replaced. As a concession for losing this feature, GM promises to pay each car or truck owner $100.
The recall covers 2006-2009 model year cars and trucks, including:
- Buick Enclave (2008-2009)
- Buick Lucerne ( 2006-2009)
- Cadillac CTS (2008-2009)
- Cadillac DTS (2006-2009)
- Cadillac Escalade (2007-2009)
- Cadillac Escalade ESV (2007-2009)
- Cadillac Escalade EXT (2007-2009)
- Chevrolet Avalanche (2007-2009)
- Chevrolet Silverado (2007-2009)
- Chevrolet Suburban (2007-2009)
- Chevrolet Tahoe (2007-2009)
- Chevrolet Traverse (2009)
- GMC Acadia (2007-2009)
- GMC Sierra (2007-2009), GMC Yukon (2007-2009)
- GMC Yukon XL (2007-2009)
- Hummer H2 (2006-2009)
- Saturn Outlook (2007-2009)
GM claims that there are no known injuries or crashes related to the fire hazard. It makes you wonder how hard they have been looking. If you believe your car wreck may have been caused by this problem, and you want to know how to report your incident to GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), feel free to call us at 1-800-4-LAW-MED. If you have questions, HensonFuerst has answers.