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Heated Washer Fluid Causes Fires on GM Vehicles

About 1.5 million 2007-2009 model-year GM cars, trucks and crossovers are recalled for a problem identified two years ago.

by on Jun.08, 2010

The "heat" on NHTSA because of Toyota lapses is forcing more recalls from all makers.

General Motors Company is recalling 1.5 million 2007-2009 model-year cars, trucks and crossover vehicles to disable a heated washer-fluid system module that goes up in flames.

Because the accessory will be disabled, GM says it will make a voluntary payment of $100 to the owner or lessee of each vehicle.

There are no known injuries or crashes related to the condition, according to GM.

However, a newly vigilant National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which slept through numerous reports of Toyota unintended acceleration deaths, is clearly a factor in this recall. (See NHTSA Ups Toyota Death Tally)

The heated washer fluid system was recalled in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control-circuit ground wire. Dealers at the time installed an in-line fuse in the heated washer module wiring.

NHTSA closed its initial investigation after the 2008 recall.