Recall Alert: 273,000 2006-2009 GM Sedans, SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: More than 273,000 GM vehicles, including model-year 2006-09 Buick LaCrosse sedans, and SUVs including 2006-07 Chevrolet TrailBlazers, 2006 TrailBlazer EXTs, 2006-07 GMC Envoys, 2006 Envoy XLs, 2006-07 Buick Rainiers, 2006-08 Saab 9-7Xes and 2006-08 Isuzu Ascenders

The Problem: If the headlamp driver module is not operating correctly, the low-beam headlamps and daytime running lamps could intermittently or permanently fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash. GM says it has not been able to confirm whether the problem has resulted in any accidents. The condition does not affect the high-beam headlamps, marker lamps, turn signals or fog lamps, the automaker said.

The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call GM at 800-458-8006 for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2005-2007 Midsize GM SUVs

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 182,000 midsize GM SUVs from the 2005-07 model years, including the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 9-7x, as well as model-year 2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs

The Problem: A possible electrical short in the driver's door module could disable the power door lock and window switches, and in rare cases overheat the module, according to the automaker.

The Fix: GM will notify owners and dealers will make the necessary repairs for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.

What Owner Should Do: Owners can call Buick at 800-521-7300, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 866-996-9463 or Isuzu at 800-255-6727, and Saab owners can call Saab at (800) 955-9007.

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By Matt Schmitz | June 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

$40,000 3-Row SUV Car Seat Challenge: the Highs and Lows

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Large families basically have two choices when it comes to what to drive: a three-row SUV or a minivan. Both have their merits and handle cargo and passenger room differently. During Cars.com's recent $40,000 3-Row SUV Challenge, I spent a few days getting to know seven of the contenders in the midsize crossover class, driving them, climbing in and out of them, and installing car seats in their second and third rows.

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Although they all have to offer a large amount of room in order to fit that third row, it's obvious that not all SUVs are created equal. When it comes to car seats, there were some very clear winners and losers, with the Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe leading the pack, and the Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9 bringing up the rear.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 9, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 193,000 GM SUVs

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GM is voluntarily recalling 193,000 SUVs due to an electrical problem that could cause power windows and door locks to malfunction and possibly cause a fire, the Detroit News reported. Affected vehicles include model-year 2006-07 Chevrolet Trailblazers, GMC Envoys, Buick Rainiers, Saab 9-7x's and Isuzu Ascenders, as well as model-year 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXTs and GMC Envoy XLs.

This latest recall is an expansion of an action that started last August and now includes 443,000 SUVs in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the issue in February 2012 and has received 83 complaints, with 66 alleging that the door module had melted or burned, the Detroit News stated.

In the recalled vehicles, fluid may enter the driver's door, resulting in rust that could cause the circuit board to short. The problem could cause the power door-lock and window switches to function intermittently or become inoperable; it could also cause overheating, which could melt components of the door module, producing odor, smoke or fire, the newspaper reported.

By Matt Schmitz | June 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 249,260 GM vehicles

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GM is recalling 249,260 vehicles because the driver's door module may corrode and cause an electrical short, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recalled vehicles — which affects 2006 models of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL, and 2006 and 2007 models of the TrailBlazer, Envoy, Buick Rainier, Saab 9-7x and Isuzu Ascender — were originally sold or are currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

In the affected vehicles, fluid may enter the driver's door module, leading to corrosion that could result in an electrical short in the circuit board. A short may cause the power door locks and window switches to function intermittently or become inoperative. A short may also lead to overheating and melt components of the door module, increasing the risk of a fire.

A notification schedule has not been determined yet, NHTSA says. For more info, Buick owners can call 800-521-7300; Chevrolet owners can call 866-694-6546; GMC owners can call 866-996-9463; Isuzu owners can call 800-255-6727; and Saab owners can call 855-880-0808. Or you can call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

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By Dave Lee | August 20, 2012 | Comments (4)

Daily News Briefs: June 11, 2012

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Honda says that shipping vehicles from Japan to the United States is not profitable, and the automaker will limit the amount of vehicles it sends to the country, according to Automotive News. Honda produces most of its popular vehicles in the U.S. — about 85% of the cars it sells here are made in North America — but a glaring omission is the Honda Fit, which makes up the bulk of Honda's exports to the U.S. The Fit makes absolutely no profit for Honda in America and very little for dealers, too, people familiar with the matter told Automotive News. Because of this, and combined with "red hot" Fit sales in Japan, U.S. allocation of the subcompact will remain extremely tight, the trade paper reports. Honda is building a factory in Mexico that will make a new, more profitable version of the Fit for the U.S. market by 2014.

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By Colin Bird | June 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

First Look: 2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazer

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After taking a few years off, Chevrolet's TrailBlazer is back in Thailand. We got a sneak peek of the 2013 TrailBlazer last year at the Dubai International Motor Show, and it will debut next week at the Bangkok International Motor Show. It will go on sale first in Thailand this June; global markets will follow.

The body-on-frame midsize SUV, which is based on the Chevrolet Colorado, returns to the brand after a three-year hiatus. Like its predecessor, it will be available in rear- or four-wheel-drive configurations. It will launch in Thailand with two four-cylinder turbo-diesel powertrain options: a 150-horsepower 2.5-liter and a 180-hp 2.8-liter. They'll be paired with five-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 21, 2012 | Comments (22)

NHTSA Investigates GM, Toyota Vehicles for Door Fires

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Some 309,000 GM vehicles and 830,000 Toyota vehicles are under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for driver's side door fires, according to MSNBC.

Certain model-year 2007 Toyota Camrys and RAV4s seem to be at risk of developing door fires that originate from the power window master switch, according to NHTSA's filing. Six consumers have complained about the issue on those Toyota models already, says NHTSA.

NHTSA is also investigating the same issue in certain GM vehicles. It could affect 309,000 2006-07 Chevrolet Trailblazers, said the agency. NHTSA has received 12 complaints of smoke or fires from TrailBlazers. None of the TrailBlazers were destroyed by the small fires, said NHTSA, but some door parts melted and seats were singed, according to GM.

The Buick Rainer, Saab 9-7X and the GMC Envoy — all based off the TrailBlazer — are not a part of the investigation. None of the three models have been recalled yet, according to the agency.

NHTSA is investigating whether the window switches on the GM and Toyota vehicles were made by the same supplier.

US probes door fires in 2006, 2007 TrailBlazers (MSNBC)

By Colin Bird | February 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

Chevrolet TrailBlazer Resurrected for 2013

2013 Chevrolet TrailBlazerThe Chevrolet TrailBlazer is getting a second chance at life as a 2013 model year, according to GM. The model is being revived as a global competitor to the Toyota 4Runner and its many derivatives sold worldwide. The new TrailBlazer will emphasize hauling and towing capabilities, GM says. The SUV will be based on the redesigned midsize Colorado pickup truck; it will be built initially in Thailand.

When the TrailBlazer was killed in 2008 and replaced by the Chevrolet Traverse and Equinox, we weren’t sure if the model would ever return — let alone come back as another truck-based SUV. To be fair, there’s still no word if this model will be sold in the U.S. The Toyota 4Runner hasn’t exactly lit up the charts here, with sales down 2.4% and 32,532 sold year-to-date after its redesign. Then again, GM has only sold 23,985 Colorados, yet the automaker has committed to building the pickup at a retooled U.S. factory, according to its new union contract.

We’ll have more information once the model is officially unveiled at the Dubai International Motor Show on Nov. 14.

By Colin Bird | October 12, 2011 | Comments (5)

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