Hummer H3 Recalled For In-Cabin Fire Risk
General Motors has announced it is recalling nearly 200,000 Hummer H3 and H3T SUVs and trucks due to a faulty connector to the HVAC system’s blower motor. Reports indicate the connection can overheat and could potentially start a fire if the blower motor is ran at its medium or high settings for an extended time.
There are reports of at least 42 fires related to the blower motor connector and at least three occupants have received minor burns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also looking into the incident since it has received complaints dating back to 2009.
The GM-headed recall covers more than 196,000 H3 and H3Ts from 2006 through 2010 – which is basically the entire lifespan of the vehicle. Hummer H3Ts were produced in 2009 and 2010 only, but are included in the recall as well. Roughly 165,000 of those Hummers are located inside the U.S. with the remainder located globally.
As with all recalls, owners can have their vehicles serviced at a dealership at no cost to them. Owners will soon be contacted about having the recall serviced and GM says it will replace the connector and the wiring harness to the HVAC blower motor.
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Why it matters
Obviously having a fire start under the dash of your Hummer while trying to beat the summer heat with the A/C blowing cold isn’t exactly good news. Thankfully GM is handling the problem by replacing the questionable components free of charge to customers, though sadly the issue is supposedly been happening since 2009. Nowadays, GM can’t afford any more bad publicity in the wake of its ignition switch debacle, so it’s likely Hummer owners can thank that massive mess for GM’s interest and action on the H3’s problem.
It will be interesting to see if GM extends the recall to cover both the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon – both of which likely use the same HVAC blower motor and connections.
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