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General Motors plans massive recall due to fire hazard

June 8, 2010 |  8:04 am

General Motors Corp. launched a large recall of recent model year vehicles because of a malfunction in the heated washer fluid system that can cause a fire, according to federal safety officials.

The automaker thought it had fixed the problem during a 2008 recall by adding a fuse to the system, but there continue to be reports of problems, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Now dealers will disable the heater portion of the washer fluid system in 1.3 million vehicles, including 2006 to 2009 model year Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS and Hummer H2 vehicles, NHTSA officials said.

The recall also includes 2008 to 2009 Buick Enclave and Cadillac CTS models; 2007 to 2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT models, and Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe models; and 2007-2009 GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL, and Saturn Outlook vehicles. It also includes some 2009 Chevrolet Traverse models.

-- Jerry Hirsch