• Jun 18, 2008
Way back in February, the NHTSA began investigating certain full-size trucks and SUVs from General Motors for the possibility of their engines spontaneously combusting, even when the ignition key is in the 'off' position. At that time, the investigation covered some 423,000 vehicles, and GM seemed pretty confident that the issue would not be widespread. Yeah, it appears as if the General was a little off in that assessment. The engine fire issue may now affect about 2.7 million vehicles, including all of the latest Chevrolet, GMC and HUMMER full-size models.

A preliminary examination of the electric systems throughout these vehicles is being conducted at this time. Depending on the results of the NHTSA's 'Engineering Analysis', a recall could follow. So far, there exists 41 reported cases of non-crash-related underhood fires, with 16 of those supposedly with the ignition turned off. Check after the jump for a complete list of all the possibly affected vehicles.

[Source: Consumer Affairs]

• Cadillac Escalade ESV and EXT from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche 2500,
• 2007 Chevrolet Silverado,
• Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500 from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• Chevrolet Surburban 1500 and 2500 from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• Chevrolet Tahoe from the 2007 and 2008 models year,
• 2008 GMC Sierra,
• GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• 2007 GMC Sierra Classic,
• 2007 GMC Silverado, GMC Yukon from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• GMC Yukon XL 1500, XL 2500 from the 2007 and 2008 model years,
• Hummer H2 from the 2006 to 2007 model years,
• 2008 Hummer H2 Utility, and
•Hummer H2 from the 2006 to 2008 model years.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      The data GM and NHTSA are looking at shows 41 fires out of about 2.5 million vehicles, a very tiny percentage of the population, and below the rate for comparable vehicles. Also, no single cause stands out. Causes range from arson to fluid leaks to poorly installed trailer brake wiring. That is why GM and NHTSA are doing the engineering analysis, to see if there is any identifiable defect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Typical domestic crap,always self combusting.
      is this ford or GM we are talking about?not that it matters,they are all in the same boat.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Change the post title!

      You forgot the word POSSIBLE in the title, so it looks as if there have been 2.7 million fires already.

      Maybe your editor should (or did) work for the White House, since the title sounds like one of their scare-of-the-week subjects.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is what Prius smug does to your full-size SUV.

      Hurrrr.
      • 6 Years Ago
      weird how when
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are these cruise control related - did TI and the subsequent MFGRs produce the unit - like the one that Ford had installed on some 16M trucks/suvs/cars?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this might be a good thing. Think about it... your high fuel consuming SUV goes up in smoke, the insurance company gives you a much bigger check than the local dealer will give in a trade(assuming the dealer is even willing to take it on trade) because insurance companies aren't as quick to the depreciating market pricing; and then you take your insurance check and go buy an econobox. Plus there are less gas guzzzling SUV's on the road. See, its an win-win!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pure evil... and I love it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Somehow this is Toyota's fault.

      (end sarcasm)