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GM to recall nearly 250,000 midsize SUVs due to fire hazard

  • General Motors (GM) is to recall 249,260 midsize sport utility vehicles in order to correct a potential fire hazard.

    In a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), GM said the recall affected 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer and GMC Envoy SUVs, along with certain 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender SUVs.

    A possible electrical short could affect power windows and door locks, which in some cases could cause a fire, GM said in an August 17 letter to the NHTSA.

    "Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or a fire," the NHTSA said.

    The recall relates to vehicles sold or currently registered 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, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.