GM is to recall 1.5 million vehicles with heated washer-fluid systems following engine fires that occurred even after a 2008 fix on many of the same cars for a similar issue.
The recalls, to commence 14th June, will affect 18 2006-2009 Buicks, Cadillacs, Chevrolets, GMCs, Hummers and Saturns models.
In August 2008, General Motors recalled around 858,000 vehicles following reports of fires resulting from short circuits in the system that heats windscreen washer fluid and dealers had to install a wire harness that contained a fuse.
However, the module’s internal thermal-protection device, or solder cup, “did not function as designed,” GM said in a 4th June letter to NHTSA.
GM said it has learned of five fires, including several that occurred while the vehicle was unattended but that the company is not aware of any injuries or crashes.
“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.
While 1.4 million of the vehicles to be recalled are in the United States, there are others in Canada, Mexico and other countries, GM said in a statement.
GM said it plans to pay $100 to vehicle owners as compensation for permanently disabling and removing the heated washer fluid system as it will be depriving them of the convenience of a winter windscreen clearer. If all 1.5 million vehicles recalled are brought in, GM would pay out roughly $150 million, in addition to the cost of the actual fixes and the expenditure of the first recall which was between $20 million and $25 million.