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From Products Liability Law Daily, July 9, 2015

GM recalls over 247,000 vehicles due to problems with connector module and radio software

By John Dumoulin

General Motors has recalled an estimated 196,379 model year 2006-2010 HUMMER H3 and model year 2009-2010 HUMMER H3T vehicles because, in certain vehicles, the connector module that controls the blower motor speed in the heat/vent/air conditioning (HVAC) system may overheat under extended periods of operation at high- and medium-high speeds. The heat could melt the plastic surrounding the connector module, increasing the risk of a fire, GM warned. This recall involves about 164,993 vehicles in the United States and another 31,386 in Canada, Mexico, and exports. GM is aware of three reported minor burns and 42 fires but no crashes or fatalities related to this condition.

In addition, General Motors is recalling approximately 50,731 model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Sparks and model year 2015 Chevrolet Sonics because, in certain vehicles with base radios and OnStar, the radio software may cause the radio to lock up in the OnStar Turn-by-Turn Directions mode. If this occurs, the radio display will go blank and all audio functions will cease, including vehicle chimes related to warnings for a key left in ignition and driver safety belt not in use. In addition to the vehicle chime malfunction, the radio may not turn off. This could drain the battery and possibly prevent the vehicle from starting, GM reported. This recall involves about 45,785 vehicles in the United States and another 4,568 in Canada. GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition (GM Press Release, July 8, 2015).

Remedy. For the Hummer recall, dealers will replace the affected portion of the connector and harness. For the Sparks and Sonics recall, dealers will reflash the radio software.

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: General Motors

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