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.
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.