GM Recall Affects 1.5 Million Cars

By Arnab Ghosh, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, June 9, 2010

DETROIT ( General Motors, one of the largest carmakers based in the USA has recalled almost 1.5 million cars which were made in the phase 2006-2009. The recall also covers some truck models made by the giant car maker. The cars and trucks are being recalled for a fire hazard possibility. The problem lies with the heated washer-fluid system supplied by a third party manufacturer that no longer exists. It can cause short circuit and fire. The company has sent directive to its dealers to immobilize the faulty system. The buyers who won the recalled cars would be handed over an amount of $100 since the system will be taken off their cars. The heating mechanism in popular GM models like Hummer, Buick and Cadillac will be disabled.

The recall fiasco began with Toyota this year and after that almost every major carmaker has hopped into the recall bandwagon. The list includes giants like Honda and Cadillac. In fact Cadillac recalled a huge number of cars just a few days back. The faulty heated windshield washer was made by a company Micro-Heat Inc. This company applied for bankruptcy in 2008 and was liquidated subsequently. So there is no way GM can replace the washers by the company.

GM made it clear that the buyers whose cars fall under the recall will get letters from the company within June itself. However, they are free to get in touch with the dealerships. No accident or death has been caused by the fault in GM cars so far but the carmaker does not want to take any risk.

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