Recall Alert

Automaker General Motors has recalled 10,974 SUVs in North America. These vehicles were actually included in a previous SUV recall, but the automaker says that the defects in the vehicles were not completely fixed. Among the almost 11,000 recalled SUVs, 9,932 are located in the United States.

Several Models Affected by the Recall

General Motors SUVs affected by the recall include the 2006/2007 Buick Rainier, GMC Envoy and Chevrolet Trailblazer. The recall further includes the 2006 Envoy XL and 2006 Trailblazer EX. Two other models, which were not included in the notice published by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), are also affected: the 2006/2007 Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7X.

The problem relates to the possibility of water or liquid entering the master power window switch on the driver's door, which could result in a short circuit. If a short circuit occurs, there is the potential for a fire. Owners of affected vehicles are asked to park their SUVs outdoors until the repair is completed.

A Persisting Problem for General Motors

This window switch issue has plagued GM for a number of years. The defect first came to the awareness of the manufacturer following a number of vehicle fires. After investigating the fires, GM recalled approximately 250,000 cars located in cold-weather areas. Last year, GM decided it was best to replace the entire window switch module to complete the repair.

However, certain recalled SUVs did not receive the new module. These vehicles only received a protective coating on their modules, which was not sufficient to completely resolve the issue. Now, GM will finally install new modules in these SUVs.

Consumers injured in vehicle fires may want to investigate whether or not a vehicle defect caused the fire and their injuries. In such instances, accident victims may be able to pursue product liability claims for damages against the automaker responsible.