Beleaguered GM Recall Ante With New Advice on Problematic SUV switch
|   Friday, August 15, 2014
General Motors, already feeling the effects of an unprecedented number of recalls, upped the ante on 184,000 SUVs that were originally recalled in June due to a problem with the driver side master power window switch, by announcing this weekend that the nearly 200,000 SUVs involved should be parked outside home garages, just in case.

What is the "just in case?" According to 24/7.com, an Internet financial news outlet, the automaker is taking no chances in the master switch failing and causing a fire.
If the vehicles were parked in their respective garages then the owners' homes could easily burn down.

The automaker issued the parking advice as an interim measure, 24/7.com indicated, until the owners can get the vehicles to their dealers for an inspection and possible replacement of the switch.

The vehicles included in the advisory are:

2005-2007 SAAB 9-7x vehicles
2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs
2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainier's and Isuzu Ascenders.

The problem with the switch seems to be the door and windows sealing. According to 24/7.com, the seal problem may allow water to penetrate the door-handled-mounted master power window switch, causing the wiring to fail that could lead to a short.

In an example of using one circuit to do many things – a favorite GM pass-time – this circuit also controls the doorlocks and if it shorts out, the drivers' side doorlock can overheat and a fire can result.

This news comes hard on the heels of a study by Motoramic, another Internet news provider that shows that this has been an unprecedented year for General Motors as it has had a record number of vehicles recalled. In 65 recalls, either voluntary or the result of a mandatory National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) order, the automaker faces a daunting 29 million vehicles that have safety-related problems that must be repaired.
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