Federal regulators are considering the expansion of a recent GM recall in light of recent reports of a car fire.
In May 2013, GM recalled nearly 38,000 of its cars – including Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans – due to a defective generator control module that could stall the engine or cause a fire. Pursuant to the recall, GM was to replace the modules in about 22,000 cars and test the remaining 21,000 cars.
Now the government is saying that a fire occurred in one of the cars that had been tested and it is looking into whether the modules should be replaced in all of the cars subject to the recall. Accordingly, the recall could be expanded to include an additional 5,000 cars to a recall.
Moreover, the NHTSA is questioning the effectiveness of GM’s screening test because the fire occurred in a car that had already gone through the testing as part of a service procedure before the recall. That same test is being used on almost half the cars in the recall, which could call into doubt the results of those screening tests.
According to Reuters, a GM spokesman said that the company remains unaware of any injuries or crashes related to the issue. He also pointed out that changes in the production process at the plant were made and no other vehicles are affected.
Car fires are a major auto defect that can lead to serious injuries and event death. Last summer, Chrysler recalled about 68,000 of its 2010 Jeep Wranglers due to a fire hazard associated with the vehicle. Other dangerous auto defects include:
- Automobile rollovers/stability defects
- Braking system defects
- Unintended acceleration
- Defective tires and blowouts
- Roof collapse
- Seat back defects
- Glass breakage
- Airbag defects
- Seatbelt defects
- Door latch defects
- Steering problems
- Electronic wiring malfunctions
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may wish to consult with an attorney. The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehicles. Contact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneysat (312) 600-0000 if you would like more information on defective vehicles.