- General Motors is recalling 218,000 2004-'08 Chevrolet Aveo cars for a fire risk linked to the daytime running lights module.
- GM is also recalling 214 Chevrolet Optra cars for a fire risk.
- GM said it is aware of some fires in these vehicles, but no injuries or fatalities.
WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 218,000 2004-'08 Chevrolet Aveo cars for a fire risk linked to the daytime running lights module, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
GM is also recalling 214 Chevrolet Optra cars for a fire risk because a headlight switch or daytime running light module could melt, according to NHTSA. The Optra, a Korean export like the Aveo, is sold in U.S. territories.
"In the affected vehicles, there may be heat generated within the DRL module located in the center console in the instrument panel, which could melt the DRL module," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem with the Aveo. "If the DLR module melts due to the heat generation, it could cause a vehicle fire."
In the case of the Optra, NHTSA said: "If the heat generated within the headlamp switch and DRL module located on the left side of the steering column melts the headlamp switch or DRL module, it increases the risk of a vehicle fire."
"GM is aware of some fires in these vehicles but no injuries or fatalities," wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler in an e-mailed message to Edmunds on Wednesday. "We are continuing to investigate."
Adler said these two recalls are part of 29 safety and non-compliance recalls GM has reported to NHTSA so far this year. GM recalled approximately 2.4 million vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls on Tuesday.
The remedy for the Aveo and Optra recalls is still under development, said NHTSA. GM has not set a date for the recalls. Owners can contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM told federal safety regulators it will file more information about the recalls within two weeks.
Edmunds says: If you are having a problem with your 2004-‘08 Aveo or Optra, take it to your dealer immediately. We will provide updates as the information becomes available.