Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada will recall 98,794 vehicles to disable a potentially hazardous heated washer fluid system, and pay each owner or lessee $105 to compensate for loss of the feature.
The recall affects cars, trucks and crossovers from the 2007 to 2009 model years. The company said the module for the system could pose a fire risk. There are no known injuries or crashes related to the condition, and there have been no reported incidents in Canada.
Dealers will remove the module and reroute the washer fluid hoses. Recall letters will be sent to customers starting this month, but owners and lessees can call dealers at any time to make an appointment to have the system removed. The heated washer module was a unique technology available from a single supplier, and since the supplier has stopped manufacturing, there is no opportunity for an improved design.
Models involved include the 2006-2009 Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS and Hummer H2; 2008-2009 Buick Enclave and Cadillac CTS; 2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and Saturn Outlook; and the 2009 Chevrolet Traverse.
The heated washer fluid system was recalled in August 2008 because a short circuit on the printed circuit board could overheat the control circuit ground wire. At the time, dealers installed an inline fuse in the module wiring. In June 2009, a new and second failure mode was identified, with the first confirmed report consisting of smoke only. Since then, GM has been made aware of five fires in the U.S.
The new recall also affects 1,365,070 vehicles in the U.S., 26,228 in Mexico, and 38,093 exports.