Wednesday, July 10, 2013

NHTSA considers expanding GM recall after fire.

The AP (7/9) reports, “U.S. safety regulators are trying to figure out if General Motors should expand the number of midsize cars that are being fixed under a May recall.” The AP notes that “the probe affects the 2012 and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Buick Regal sedans.” According to the AP, “In May, GM recalled nearly 43,000 cars because a defective generator control module could stall the engine or cause a fire. The cars have GM’s eAssist gas-electric hybrid system.”

        The Detroit Free Press (7/10, 280K) reports, “Unsold vehicles were not part of the recall, and GM said it would test them to make sure they were OK. But the government says there was a fire in a car that had been tested.” The Free Press explains that “the agency says the fire raises questions about whether the recall should be expanded to nearly 43,000 cars.”

        Reuters (7/9) also reports.

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