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DETROIT Aug 29 General Motors Corp (GM.N) is
recalling 857,735 vehicles equipped with a heated windshield
wiper fluid system for a potential short-circuit problem,
according to federal safety regulators.
A short-circuit in the system may cause other electrical
features to malfunction, create an odor or cause smoke,
increasing the risk of a fire, the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration said on its website.
The recall involves the 2007-2008 model year Chevrolet
Silverado, Tahoe, Avalanche and Suburban, Cadillac Escalade,
Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT, GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon
XL and Saturn Outlook; 2006-2008 Hummer H2, Cadillac DTS and
Buick Lucerne; and the 2008 Buick Enclave.
GM plans to install a wire harness with an in-line fuse
free of charge to fix the problem, NHTSA said.
Separately, GM is also recalling 88,809 2008-model year
Buick Enclave, and 2007-2008 model year GMC Acadia and Saturn
Outlook SUVs in 28 states and Washington, D.C..
A build-up of snow or ice on the windshield or the wipers
may restrict the movement of the wiper arm in the SUVs and
could cause the wiper to detach from its motor, according to
the NHTSA website.
(Reporting by Poornima Gupta; editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)