Recall alert: 2006-2008 GM SUVs, Cars, Trucks


GM is recalling 850,000 vehicles because of problems with the windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a fire. The recall involves SUVs that are equipped with a heated washer fluid system, which could short circuit and cause an electrical malfunction that could lead to a fire.

GM said the recall includes the 2008 Buick Enclave, 2006-2008 Buick Lucerne, 2006-2008 Cadillac DTS, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade ESV, 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT, 2007-2008 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Tahoe and Suburban, 2007-2008 GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL, 2006-2008 Hummer H2 and 2007-2008 Saturn Outlook.

Dealers will fix the problem free of charge, GM said. If you own one of these vehicles, contact your local dealer.

By Colin Bird | August 29, 2008 | Comments (22)


Amuro Ray

Man, heated winshield fluid system is the DUMBEST IDEA. EVER! I'm not citing this as an anti-GM bias. I know that many imports have this sort of system too. So this is to the system itself. Why? Well, windshield fluid can go as low as -40C/-40F (yes, this is the only # in temp conversion that F=C exactly). Isn't that enough already?

Who the heck would like to live in a place that goes below that temp? Mind you, this sort of heated windshield system is usually available on luxury model or as a luxury option. Rich people living in a God-forbidden place?

Last but not least - water and electricity/circuits don't mix. Since windshield wiper fluid system uses mostly plastics - which will go into plastic fatique and leakage eventually, it's disaster waiting to happen.

Juan Carlos

i thought the enclave/outlook/acadia were crossovers, not suvs.

The Lambdas can be considered SUVs, the DTS and Lucerne probably aren't.


And the company that made those things touted the heck out of them,selling universal kits on the market too.You would think they would have tested them first.GM should have done their own testing too.Guess it goes back to the X-car fiasco.....GM lets its buyers become test drivers for them,for free.


I thought that heated washer fluid was a pretty dumb idea as well until I purchased one of the vehicles listed above. I tried it last winter thinking I might as well see what it does and expecting little. Between the heat and the usual properties of the washer fluid it immediately removes a fairly thick frost layer and did a good job removing icing from the window and blades in mixed precip. I wouldn't specifically shop for it but it's actually a decent and usable feature.


Usable feature for those who cannot use something called ICE SCRAPER.

Kinda goes to show the laziness of people nowadays.... Always wanting some sort of doo-hickey in their car to make somthing easier, then complain and cry when said doo-hickey breaks.... Heated windshield washer fluid, its actually a really clever idea for people who live up north but its only worth it if the containers designed right. Still though, laziness.

Michael Hinchey

Yes as dumb as liquid cooled computer parts!!!!!


Typical GM, tries to bring a new feature out and does no testing on it at all. GM seems to get more advertisement from recalls and it does from introducing a new product. Keep up the good work.


Amuro Ray,

it's all relative. i think, in spite of having lived here for 4 years, that it gets too cold here in Boston for anyone in his/her right mind to want to live in. i see lots of sweet Lamborghini's and Aston Martins, so i guess plenty of rich people like it just fine ...

if i had heated washer fluid, i would NOT want to be out there in the cold trying to scrape. i'd love to just waste some washer fluid and shred some wiper blades. hehehe

fixed the headline. Sorry.

Also for what it's worth, I switch to the winter washer fluid in winter which chemically removes the ice off the windshield. Same price as regular. That's just me.

Florida 2018

GM has worked with Microheat the manufacturer of the product since 1997. GM tested the product for many years and in 2002 and 2003 the product went through massive tests, worked smooth and met any and all of the automotive stringent testing standards. During all that time the company runs by its founders. Then, in December 2003, Microheat changed controlling hands and a new management came on board and raised about $100 million to make a product that works. Short circuit in a product could easily be avoided. This is a wake up call for Microheat's investors to check what has happened to their $100 million and once-promising company.
GM made a smart decision in supporting and endorsing a product that would not only remove ice but provide drivers with a clearer windshield under all driving conditions.

It works great to get rid of bug splats in the summer time as well.

Dave T Florida 2018 comments How do you know GM tested to All automotive standards?

The recall talks about preventing fires, how do we the consumer know this "FIX" will prevent fires I have no confidence. IF I understand correctly the units will still fail, but won't catch fire. When will GM provide me a real Fix that I paid for that will work for the life of my vehicle.

Florida 2018

GM tested this technology for a very long time. That’s a fact. Some of the tests reached army standards and in 2003 the product met these parameters. I think in 2004 the new management of microheat decided to change manufacturers and they did several mistakes in the process and production. I do not know if GM was aware of the changes or not. The aftermarket kit Microheat had in 2002-3 had also a special fuse to avoid 'fire'.




GM is steadily climbing back to the top of the Automotive industry. They were a recall leader before, maybe they'll be once again.

Crack open the Champagne, let's toast to GM's success!

It appears that quite a few of you on this site have detailed knowledge of the many design flaws of the GM product such as freeze thaw, plastic thermal creep allowing pressurized washer fluid to shorting out electronics, and the GM supplier continual management and product changes. The 2004 time frame referenced is that when FRANCO SOLOMON was booted by the new investors? My GM dealer told me the harness/fuse should be available by November and advised the dealers have been told to pull the 60 amp fuse until then. I asked would I get a new unit, answer was yes when your's FAILS. I asked should I part outside so I don't burn down my house? I was told that would be wise.... if the FUSE is still in. My many years of being Loyal to GM ended today.

Why not just run the washer line closer to the engine and let the motor heat the fluid?

The "big 3" are currently having problems due to the downturn in the auto industry. However, having recalls will even hurt them more.


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