- General Motors is recalling an additional 193,652 SUVs in the U.S., including the 2006-'07 Chevrolet Trailblazer, as part of an expanded recall to address a problem that could cause a fire.
- The recall also includes the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, 2006-'07 Buick Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender.
- Because a fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is advising owners to park the vehicle outside as a precaution.
WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 193,652 SUVs in the U.S., including the 2006-'07 Chevrolet Trailblazer, as part of an expanded recall to address a problem that could cause a fire.
The recall also includes the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, 2006-'07 Buick Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7X and Isuzu Ascender.
"A short in the circuit board could lead to a fire, increasing the risk of personal injury," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "A fire could occur even while the vehicle is not in use. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made."
Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, told Edmunds on Monday that the automaker has received 58 reports of vehicle fires and 11 minor injuries related to the two recalls. GM's latest action is an expansion of a recall from last August to check 249,000 SUVs for a short in the circuit board in the driver's door.
"While a fire can occur when the vehicle is unattended, it is very rare," Adler wrote in response to an e-mailed query. "In the expanded population whose owners already had received special coverage letters, GM is aware of six fires and one minor injury."
NHTSA says the defect involves a potential fluid leak in the driver's door module that could lead to corrosion and a short in the circuit board.
"A short may cause the power door lock and power window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative," NHTSA said. "The short may also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or a fire."
Dealers will test the driver's door module. If the module is functioning properly a protective coating will be applied. If the module is not functioning properly, it will be replaced. The recall is expected to begin on July 24.
Buick owners can contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300. Chevrolet owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-866-694-6546. GMC owners can contact GMC at 1-866-996-9463. Isuzu owners can contact Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727. Saab owners can contact Saab at 1-855-880-0808.
Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned GM SUVs, it is important to park it outside until the repair is made.