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Recall of the Week: General Motors expands SUV recall due to fire hazard

General Motors is recalling more than 193,000 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL and 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, SAAB 9-7x, and Isuzu Ascender vehicles.

Fluid may enter the driver's door module, causing corrosion that could result in a short in the circuit board, GM said. The short may cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke, or a fire.

A fire could occur while the vehicle isn't in use, the automaker said. As a precaution, owners are advised to park outside until the remedy has been made.

Owners will be contacted, and dealers will test the driver's door module. If the module is functioning properly, a protective coating will be applied. If the module isn’t functioning properly, it’ll be replaced, GM said. The repairs will be done free of charge.

GM will notify Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC owners, and Isuzu and Saab will contact owners of their vehicles. The recall is scheduled to begin July 24.

For information, owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 866-694-6546, GMC at 866-996-9463, Isuzu at 800-255-6727, and SAAB at 855-880-0808.

GM's recall number is 12180. This recall is an expansion of recall 12V-406 from last August to check nearly 250,000 SUVs for a short in a circuit board in the driver's door that could lead to a fire.

The automaker said it has received 58 reports of vehicle fires and 11 minor injuries related to the issue, most of them on vehicles in the original recall.

Consumers may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236, or go to www.safercar.gov.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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