General Motors, Not Windshield Wiper System, Caused Vehicle Fires?

M-Heat Investors, which bought bankrupt Micro-Heat’s HotShot windshield wiper fluid system, claims it is General Motors’ electrical system, not M-Heat’s product, that caused the recall of 1.5 GM million vehicles.

According to Peter Jacullo, president of M-Heat Investors, GM engineers had spoken with Micro-Heat engineers about voltage spikes in their vehicles and the necessity to protect the windshield washer fluid system from it. GM had already started to install fuses in its new vehicle in 2007, long before the near one million vehicle recall in 2008. Jacullo also points to several GM vehicles which had fires but did not have the Hot-Shot system in them.

Jacullo notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2009 about his findings. GM denied the claim, backing its statement the issue was caused by the Hot-Shot system. The NHTSA currently supports the automaker’s testimony.

Whom do you think is ultimately responsible?

Source: The New York Times

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