February 10, 2004

GM recalls 636,000 more vehicles

Detroit – General Motors will recall about 636,000 model year 2002-03 GM midsize sports utility vehicles. This latest recall follows a recall announced Saturday of 1.8 million Chevroloet Cavalier, Pontiac Sunfire, Pontiac Grand Am, Oldsmobile Achieva, and Buick Skylark cars.

The vehicles involved in this recall are 2002 Chevrolet TrailBlazer and TrailBlazer EXT, GMC Envoy and Envoy XL, and Oldsmobile Bravada SUVs built between October 2000 and June 2002. Some 2003 TrailBlazer and TrailBlazer EXT, Envoy and Envoy XL, and Bravada SUVs built between April and November 2002 also are included.

Of the total, about 580,000 are in the United States and approximately 31,000 are in Canada. The rest are outside these countries.

Beginning in the third quarter of 2004, owners of the affected vehicles will be notified, instructing them to bring them into their dealers. Dealers will cover a vent hole in the windshield wiper module vent hole with a patch. The wiper motor, circuit board, and electrical connector will be inspected for signs of water intrusion and/or corrosion and be replaced as required. The repairs will be performed at no cost to the customers.

There have been two reports of crashes related to this condition, but there have been no injuries or fatalities.

In some of these vehicles, water can enter the wiper module, causing a short circuit or corrosion of the components within the module. As a result, there have been reports of the wipers not working properly. Owners should have their vehicles checked and serviced if they are experiencing windshield wiper problems. Most owners, however, probably will not experience any wiper problems, and they should wait for the recall notification letter before bringing in their vehicles.

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