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GM Recalling 1.5 Million Vehicles for Fire Hazard

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General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 1.37 million vehicles because a washer fluid heater module could overheat and cause a fire, the National Highway Safety Administration said Tuesday.

The recall covers the 2006-2009 Buick Lucerne, Cadillac DTS, Hummer H2; 2008-2009 Buick Enclave and Cadillac CTS; and 2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL, Saturn Outlook and the 2009 model year Chevrolet Traverse.

The announcement follows a recall in 2008 when GM added a fuse to the vehicles' control circuit harness to address an electrical short. GM, however, has received new reports of "thermal incidents" after the fix. The company that supplied the part, Micro-Heat, went out of business in 2009 in the wake of the initial recall, so, rather than fixing it again, GM will simply deactivate the module. Owners will also receive $100 as compensation for the loss of the fluid heating feature.

The car maker did not report any injuries related to the recall.

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