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GM Recalling 1.5M Automobiles For Fire Hazard

General Motors is taking the heat off Toyota after it announced a recall of roughly 1.5 million cars and trucks (2006 to 2009 model years), The New York Times reported. The besieged automaker cited a fire hazard related to its heated washer-fluid system.

If this sounds like déjà-vu, it's because GM recalled about two-thirds of the newly affected vehicles in 2008 for the same problem. But recent reports of short-circuiting and overheating in vehicles that received new wiring prompted the new recall.

GM said it received reports of five fires, but no injuries or crashes. Still, anyone who believes they were injured by an affected vehicle may want to contact an Illinois injury attorney.

GM stopped offering the heated washer-fluid feature after the first recall because the recall itself bankrupted the company that made the system, Microheat.

The automaker has directed dealers to permanently disable the feature in cars that still offer it, while affected owners will be compensated $100 for the loss of the feature. Jeff Boyer, GM's executive director of safety, said in a statement that the refund is exclusively in connection with the loss of the feature and not for the recall:

"This was a unique technology available from only one supplier, and that supplier has stopped manufacturing, which left no opportunity to collaborate on an improved design."

Most of the affected vehicles are in the US, while nearly 10,000 are in Canada, about 26,000 in Mexico and roughly 38,000 exported elsewhere.

Recalled cars and trucks include the Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS, Hummer H2, Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Acadia, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, Saturn Outlook, Buick Enclave, Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Traverse.

Contact a GM dealer for specifics.

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