General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has yet again announced a recall of about 194,000 sports utility vehicles in the United States and 38,000 vehicles sold in Canada, Mexico and other countries. These vehicles are at risk of an electronic module short circuit that could cause a fire. The company earlier made a similar recall of 249,260 mid-sized SUVs that were sold in the District of Columbia and 20 Snowbelt states.
The recalls in August are due to the risk of a short in the driver’s door circuit board that could cause a fire. The vehicles being recalled include 2006 model year GMC Envoy XL SUVs and Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT; 2006 and 2007 GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, SAAB 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender SUVs. The company will also recall some 2005 9-7Xs, reports Peter Valdes Dapena of CNNMoney.
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General Motors Says The Issue Caused 11 Minor Injuries
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) said in a statement that there are chances of water getting into the electronic module in the driver’s door, resulting into corrosion and short circuits. If that happens, power window switches and power door locks may stop working. The automaker has advised vehicle owners not to park their SUV in garages for safety until the vehicles are checked by the company.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) discussed the issue with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and decided a full recall. So far, this problem has caused 58 fires and 11 minor injuries. The company will contact the respective vehicle owners and ask them to bring their SUVs to a company dealer. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) will contact the owners of GMC and Chevrolet vehicles, while Saab and Isuzu will contact their owners.
Other Major Recalls
There have been several major recalls in the past. Last year, Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) issued a voluntary recall on Escape 2013 model due to fire hazard. In October 2012, Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) (TYO:7203) made the biggest recall in its history, a total of 7.5 million vehicles worldwide. Of that 2.5 million vehicles were from the United States.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) shares were down 1.87 percent to $33.65 at 3:33 PM EDT