Circuit Board Fire Risk Behind Recall of 38,000 GM Vehicles

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on May 13, 2013

General Motors recently issued a recall affecting 38,197 of its vehicles due to an irregularity of the vehicles’ General Control Module (GCM). This defect could affect the electrical system of the cars and eventually lead to a fire, according to Autoblog.

Vehicles affected by the recall are the 2012 to 2013 Buick LaCrosse, 2012 to 2013 Regal, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Ecos that are equipped with eAssist.

These cars have a condition that causes the GCM to malfunction, which can lead to the battery charge being slowly drained and the malfunction indicator light turning on. Under these conditions, the engine may stall during operation or the car may not start at all. Additionally, the malfunction has been tied to causing a fire in the trunk, as well as a burning or melting odor and smoke.

GM is planning on notifying owners affected by the recall and will have dealers test and replace General Control Modules without charge. While no further details have been given on when the recall will begin, GM can be called at (800) 521-7300. The campaign number for this recall is 13136.

Vehicle fires and engine stalls can seriously endanger the lives of those in or near a car that is affected. These dangerous conditions may be the result of a defect within the vehicle.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of an auto-product defect, get in touch with the auto product liability lawyers at Blume Forte. Through a no-cost consultation with our legal team, you can better understand what legal action you may be entitled to pursue. Contact us online or call us at (973) 635-5400.

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