GM Recalls 1.5 Million Cars After Reports of Fire

At least 5 vehicles caught fire thanks to washer fluid
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2010 1:25 PM CDT
A 2006 Hummer H3 is driven in this file photo. This particular model has been recalled over an issue with its hood latch, and the Hummer is also involved in the current wiper fluid recall.   (AP Photo/General Motors, File)

(Newser) – General Motors is recalling 1.5 million vehicles in the wake of reports that at least five have caught on fire thanks to a problem with their heated windshield washer system. The recall covers vehicles made from 2006 to 2009 across a host of lines, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC—you can see a more complete list at the Detroit News.

GM has already launched a recall over the system, which heats up the vehicles’ wiper fluid, before, but in light of the new reports it’s concluded that its previous fix didn’t work. It now plans to just remove the feature, and pay customers $100 in exchange. “The number of incidents is very small compared with the number of vehicles on the road,” the company said in a statement, but “we want our customers to have complete peace of mind.”

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