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Heated Wiper Fluid System Could Light Your (GM Car On) Fire

submitted on June 8, 2010 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
General Motors said today it was recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to disable a heated windshield washer fluid system linked to fires, saying owners would get compensation for loss of the feature. The system has been linked to five fires with no reports of injuries or crashes. The previous recall was in August 2008.

The Detroit Free Press says that GM kept monitoring the part in question -- the so-called HotShot system made by supplier Micro-Heat. After the first recall, GM withheld payments to cover its costs, which forced the company to liquidate. Now that the supplier is out of business and the product is still a potential fire hazard, GM cannot offer a fix. They will remove the system and compensate owners with $100 instead.

See the recalled models at

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    Posted by mooncow728 on June 8, 2010
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    Here is a list of vehicles and a summary of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's posting:

    * BUICK / ENCLAVE 2008-2009
    * BUICK / LUCERNE 2006-2009
    * CADILLAC / CTS 2008-2009
    * CADILLAC / DTS 2006-2009
    * CADILLAC / ESCALADE 2007-2009
    * CADILLAC / ESCALADE ESV 2007-2009
    * CADILLAC / ESCALADE EXT 2007-2009
    * CHEVROLET / AVALANCHE 2007-2009
    * CHEVROLET / SILVERADO 3500 2007-2009
    * CHEVROLET / SUBURBAN 2007-2009
    * CHEVROLET / TAHOE 2007-2009
    * GMC / ACADIA 2007-2009
    * GMC / SIERRA 2007-2009
    * GMC / YUKON 2007-2009
    * GMC / YUKON XL 2007-2009
    * HUMMER / H2 2006-2009
    * SATURN / OUTLOOK 2007-2009

    Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date: JUN 04, 2010
    NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V240000 N/A
    NHTSA Action Number: N/A

    Potential Number of Units Affected: 1365070
    Summary: GM is recalling certain model year 2006-2009 vehicles equipped with a heated washer fluid system (HWFS). A recall was implemented in 2008 to add a fuse to the control circuit harness to address the potential consequences of a printed circuit board electrical short. However, there have been new reports of thermal incidents on HWFS modules after this improvement was installed. These incidents resulted from a new failure mode attributed to the device's thermal protection feature. The significance varies from minor distortion to considerable melting of the plastic around the HWFS fluid chamber.
    Consequence: It is possible for the heated washer module to ignite and a fire may occur.
    Remedy: Dealers will permanently disable and remove the heated washer fluid module. An updated page for the owner manual will be provided and inserted in the owner manual to document that the feature has been permanently disabled and removed from the vehicle. The safety recall is expected to begin on or before June 14, 2010. Owners may contact Buick at 1-866-608-8080, Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Saturn at 1-800-972-8876, GMC at 1-866-996-9463 and Hummer at 1-800-732-5493 or at the owner center at WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.
    Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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    Posted by orangearrows on June 9, 2010
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    You knew WIPER FLUID could kill you Eeek

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