GM recalls 218000 tiny Aveos, Optras for fire risk – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014

General Motors recalled another 218,000 cars today because they might catch fire.

GM says it has no immediate way to fix them.

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Optra subcompacts from 2004-2008 model years is because they have potentially faulty light-control modules inside the dashboard. It says the modules can overheat, melt and ignite a fire.

GM said it knows of “an unspecified number of fires due to the problem,” but knows of no crashes, injuries or deaths that have resulted.

GM says it is “still developing a plan to fix the problem” and will provide details as soon as possible.

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The two cars are different vehicles, but both were built in South Korea by GM’s Daewoo unit, now GM Korea.

The Aveo was imported by GM into the U.S. The Optra was imported by GM into U.S. territories. GM and NHTSA regard them as them two separate recalls, bringing to 29 the number of GM recalls so far this year.

GM on Tuesday issued four recalls affecting 2.42 million cars in the U.S. for air bags, safety belts, engine fires, transmission cables. It said then that two more recalls were imminent.

The car company has recalled 18.88 million vehicles in the U.S. since Jan. 1, including the latest action on Wednesday.

The bulk of them have come as GM has made a concerted effort to find any lurking problems and expedite recalls in the wake of its recall earlier this year of 2.62 million vehicles worldwide for a deadly ignition switch defect. GM paid the maximum $35 million fine and agreed to extended special oversight by NHTSA to settle an investigation into delays in recalling those vehicles years after it first noted a problem.

General Motors stock looked like it was poised for a bull run six months ago — heading into the holidays, the automaker’s sales were up, and so was its stock. But 29 different recalls, all since February of this year, have erased big gains.


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