General Motors has ordered a third recall on several of its sport utility vehicles, which have been found to suffer from a tendency to catch on fire. This is the latest addition to an already troublesome year for the Detroit-based American automaker, which has issued over 45 recalls this year involving more than 24.6 million vehicles in the United States and 28 million worldwide. In this most recent case, nearly 190,000 sport utility vehicles have been called in for defects with the power window switches, which are known to catch on fire when left unattended. The automaker expects the first repairs to be made in October 2014, as the necessary parts for the recall will not be available until then.
In an October 2008 report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a woman — her identity was not released — informed the agency that her 2006 TrailBlazer had caught on fire while it was parked in her driveway. According to the complaint, she responded to her car alarm, only to find her sport utility vehicle in flames. The firefighters who had responded to her subsequent call reported that the fire had started on the driver’s door and that it had burned the driver’s side of the vehicle completely, as well as parts of the front passenger seat and the roof.