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'Fire risk' sparks GMSA recall

2010-06-09 10:32
Cape Town - Fewer than 100 cars in South Africa form part of the latest global recall issued by General Motors.

General Motors on Tuesday announced a recall of about 1.5 million vehicles for windshield washer fluid heaters that could catch fire.

From the extensive list of cars from model years 2007 to 2009, only the Cadillac CTS has been affected in South Africa.

“We confirm that the GM's global recall of various 2007-2009 model vehicles will impact upon 95 Cadillac CTS vehicles which were sold in South Africa over this period,” GMSA communications manager Denise van Huyssteen said.    

“GM South Africa is in the process of contacting our customers to advise them to bring their vehicles in to disable a heated washer fluid system module that could pose a fire risk. There have been no reported incidents of this in South Africa.”

Jeff Boyer, GM director for safety told Reuters that the unit will be removed because the supplier who made the module has stopped manufacturing it, leaving no chance to design an improved unit.

The removal of the module will reportedly take a mechanic about 20 minutes.

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