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More Than One-Quarter Million SUVs Recalled in North America Over Fire Hazard

800px-Chevrolet_TrailBlazer_--_06-05-2010 By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.jpgAutomobile manufacturers Isuzu and General Motors have issued a recall for more than one-quarter million sport utility vehicles (SUVs) in North America. Approximately 258,000 model year 2006 and 2007 SUVs sold or registered in 20 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada are being recalled over a power window and door lock switch defect that can potentially cause a fire in the vehicle. The recall includes the following models: Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 97-X. Although several automobile brands are subject to the recall, each of the vehicles at issue was manufactured by General Motors.

According to documents published on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s (NHTSA) website, salt and chemical fluids used to clear icy winter roads may corrode the power window and lock circuit board located inside of the driver’s door. The power window switch in SUVs affected by the recall that are currently registered or were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin will be replaced by automobile dealerships at no cost to the owner. Additionally, General Motors spokesperson Alan Adler stated the company will replace the switch free of charge for anyone living in a state that is not subject to the current recall at the request of the owner.

According to General Motors, although the company has received reports of 28 vehicle fires caused by the faulty circuit boards no physical injuries resulted. The NHTSA has also received more than one dozen SUV fire complaints. The registered owner of any vehicle that is subject to the recall will reportedly receive a letter from General Motors requesting that an appointment be scheduled in order to replace the faulty switch.

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Additional Resources:

GM, Isuzu recall 258K SUVs over fire fears, by The Associated Press, cbsnews.com

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