General Motors, Co. has recalled over 1.5 million vehicles worldwide due to a fire hazard. In an official statement issued on Tuesday, June 8, 2010, GM recalled vehicles produced throughout 2006 until 2008 due to a faulty heated windshield wiper fluid system. This is the second recall over the same issue since 2008.
The affected vehicles include: 2006-2009 model year Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS, and Hummer H@, 2008-2009 Buick Enclave and Cadillac CTS; 2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; 2007-2009 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, and Tahoe; 2007-2009 GMC Acadia, Sierra, and Yukon XL; 2007-2009 Saturn OUtlook; and 2009 Chevrolet Traverse.
GM will reimburse owners and individuals who lease vehicles $100 and will disable the heated washer fluid system. Five fires have been reported to GM officials but no serious injuries or deaths have resulted from the faulty washer fluid system. GM's Executive Director of Safety Jeff Boyer stated: "While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small compared with the number of vehicles on the road, we want out customers to have complete peace of mind."
Drivers can expect notification of the recall via mail before July 2010. GM dealers can reroute wiper fluid hoses after removing the washer fluid warmer. Owners can phone: Buick at 866-608-8080, Cadillac at 866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Saturn at 800-972-8876, GMC at 866-996-9463, and Hummer at 800-732-5493.