Several different GM SUV models have been recalled for an issue relating to a potential window switch short, while Toyota has also issued a recall of its own for the Sienna minivan, which may be equipped with a faulty transmission shift cable.
2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender; 2005-2007 Saab 9-7x; 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT, GMC Envoy XL
The Problem: Fluid could enter through the driver's door master power window switch module, which could lead to a short in the circuit board. This could cause the window switches to work only sometimes or not at all, but most importantly, a short could cause overheating, causing components of the door module to melt. Melted components could possibly smoke, and catch fire even when the vehicle is turned off.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect the part number on the door module and install a new one if necessary for free. The parts aren't yet available, but GM will send a letter to affected owners in late August letting them know of the recall. A second follow-up letter will be mailed when the parts are available, but until affected vehicles are fixed, GM advises owners to keep their vehicle parked outdoors.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 184,611 GM SUVs in total are affected by this recall, including the 2005-2007 Saab 9-7x; the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and the 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, and Isuzu Ascender models.
2014 Toyota Sienna
The Problem: The protective sleeve on the transmission shift control cable may have been damaged during the assembly of certain Toyota Sienna minivans. A damaged sleeve could cause the control cable to bind or separate during gear shift operation, which could cause incorrect gear selection. The indicated gear may not match the actual selection, meaning that if a driver puts the car in "park," it may not actually be in "park" and the vehicle could roll away, increasing the risk of a crash.
The Fix: Toyota dealers will inspect and replace the transmission shift control cable free of charge. Affected owners should start receiving notifications early this month.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Approximately 263 model-year 2014 Toyota Siennas built from June 17, 2014 to June 24, 2014 are affected by this recall.