Due to a defect that raises the risk of power-steering fluid leaking and igniting a fire in the engine, General Motors Co. is recalling 13,780 Buick Lucerne and Cadillac DTS cars in the US. According to a report from The Associated Press, Chrysler is also planning to recall 16,000 Jeep Liberty SUVs to repair faulty windshield wiper systems.
A letter on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Web site says that GM is recalling model year 2010 and 2011 Lucerne and DTS vehicles after it received reports of two fires linked to electrical arcing set off by leaking fluid coming into contact with the starter or alternator cable.
Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, said that no injuries were reported in these fires. In the letter to NHTSA, GM concluded that the starter and alternator cables were incorrectly installed so that they come in contact with a power-steering line.
The cars, which are under warranty, will be repaired by GM free of charge. In GM’s Web site, it disclosed that the recall affects 14,245 cars worldwide.
This year, GM has recalled 1.53 million cars and trucks for a windshield-wiper defect that may result to fires. It also recalled 303,100 Impala cars in the US for seat belts in the front seat that may be anchored wrongly and may not restrain passengers during a crash. [via autonews - sub. required]