GM Issues Massive Recall For Faulty Window Washer Heater

General Motors (GM) is recalling over 1 million vehicles to disable the <"">heating mechanism on a system that squirts cleaning fluid on the windshield. In addition, GM will pay the owners of the recalled vehicles $100 each.

The 1.5 million vehicles involved in the GM recall include certain Cadillac and Buick sedans as well as several sport utility vehicles. According to the automaker, the flaw in the heating mechanism can cause a fire.

There is no fix for the flaw, as the manufacturer that developed the technology is no longer in business. Dealers will remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid hoses. The action likely will take more than 20 minutes to complete.

The vehicles involved in the recall include the 2006-2009 model year Buick Lucerne; Cadillac DTS; Hummer H2; 2008-2009 model year Buick Enclave; Cadillac CTS; 2007-2009 model year Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe; GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL; Saturn Outlook; and 2009 model year Chevrolet Traverse.

GM launched a similar recall in 2008 to add a fuse to address a potential electrical short. But there have been new reports of incidents since then. Five fires have been reported, but no injuries or crashes have resulted, the company’s recall notice said.

Most of the affected GM vehicles are in the United States; others are in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. Owners of affected vehicles will start receiving letters from GM notifying them of the recall after Friday.

The recall, one of the largest issued by an automaker this year, could cost GM as much as $150 million..

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