General Motors is recalling 1.4 million vehicles because of a potential fire hazard due to a problem caused by the cars heated windshield washer fluid system.
GM recalled 944,000 back in 2008, but now GM says that recall didn't fix the problem.
The issue is with a system in the GM vehicles that's designed to heat the windshield wiper fluid for better flow on cold days, however a short circuit in the circuit board that controls the system can cause a ground wire to overheat and potentially catch fire.
"While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small compared
with the number of vehicles on the road, we want our customers to have
complete peace of mind," said Jeff Boyer, GM's executive director of safety.
There have been reports of "thermal incidents" including fires in GM cars with the system so now GM will simply disable the heated windshield washer fluid system as part of the recall.
The cars being recalled include:
– Buick Enclave/Lucerne;
– Cadillac CTS, DTS and Escalade
Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe and Traverse
– GMC Acadia, Sierra
– Hummer H2
– Saturn Outlook
All of the vehicles are between the 2006 to 2009 model years, and owners of recalled cars will be given $100 compensation for the loss of the heated windshield washer fluid system.