Recall Central: GM Recalls 250,000 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X SUVs

General Motors is recalling some 250,000 mid-size SUVs from the Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Isuzu, and Saab brands for driver's door electrical short circuits. Meanwhile, Suzuki is recalling about 100,000 Forenza and Reno vehicles for wiring issues, and BMW's supplier Valeo is also recalling 585 coupes and sedans for electrical short problems with the cooling fan.

2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X

The Problem: GM says that, in northern states where corrosion is high, water can get into the driver's door switch panel, shorting it out. This could result in inoperable power locks or windows, or cause the panel to overheat, resulting in smoke or a small electrical fire.

The Fix: GM is still formulating its plan to contact owners and fix the problem. Buick owners can call 1-800-521-7300, Chevrolet owners can call 1-866-694-6546, GMC owners can call 1-866-996-9463, Isuzu owners can call 1-800-255-6727, and Saab owners can call 1-855-880-0808.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 249,260 vehicles. They include the 2006-2007 Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer (including Trailblazer EXT), GMC Envoy (including Envoy XL), Isuzu Ascender, and Saab 9-7X. The recall only covers cars in states that were sold in or are driven in high-corrosion states, which NHTSA says includes Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Washington D.C.

2000-2011 BMW 1, 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series

The Problem: BMW claims that some cooling fans that were used as replacement parts for cars made between 2000 and 2011 have electrical problems. An incorrectly screwed-in semiconductor on the motor's heat sink could overheat and short out the motor. One of two things could happen: one, the motor could stop working and cause the engine to overheat; or two, the shorted motor could catch fire.

The Fix: BMW's supplier Valeo will replace all of the fans free of charge, starting this month. Concerned owners can call Valeo at 1-888-718-2536 for more information.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected:585 BMW coupes and sedans that have had cooling fans replaced. They include the 2008-2011 1 Series, 2006-2011 3 Series, 2000-2009 5 Series, 2004-2005 6 Series, and 2006-2007 7 Series.

2004-2006 Suzuki Forenza and Reno

The Problem: Suzuki says that some wire terminals under the dash have poor contact with the wires, which could heat up and melt the splice pack that sends power to the headlights. If this happens, the cars could completely lose their low- and high-beam headlights, which would increase the risk of crash in low-visibility situations.

The Fix: Suzuki will re-seal and reconnect the wires free of charge, starting next month. Suzuki will notify owners directly, but owners can also call Suzuki at 1-714-996-7040 for more information.

Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 101,688 2004-2006 Suzuki Forenza and 2005-2006 Reno vehicles.

jennpendergrass
The fan on my car went out too. It cost me $600 to fix. Now my master control switch went out and GMC is saying that I am not on the list. GMC is trying to charge me $500 to fix this problem. Even though its happening to other people they say they may not help get this problem fixed. I'm not sure who else to talk to about this problem. I feel like they really don't care about their customers. If anyone has any other answers please e-mail me and let me know. jennpendergrass@hotmail.com
Ray Guerin
I have a GMC Envoy that had a short in the Drivers side panel which caused the windows, side mirrors and door locks to Not operate. I laid out $400.00 2 years ago to fix this known problem. Also my A/C and High Blower doesn't work which I think is All contributed from this same Manufacturer's defect. GMC Never Contacted me about this problem. I am awaiting their call, after Calling them 3 weeks ago, to make me whole, re-iburse me and take care of the remaining problem... rrguerin@gmail,com
Brian
I have an 02 Envoy and the Head lights DIM In and out while driving...... This recall should cover this right????
Kim
I have a 2006 Trailblazer (I am the only owner), and my vehicle's power locks and window switch panel has shorted out. I called GM @ 1-866-694-6546, and I spoke to a customer rep by the name of Fifi, I told her that I saw this article, and a news flash on eyewitness news (NY) this morning, and that I am having the problem that was reported on the news. She researched her system and was unable to find a recall. She gave me a file number and said that they would contact me if there is a recall in the future.

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