• Jun 8, 2010
Heated windshield washer system: Good. Heated windshield washer system that gets so hot it could potentially cause a fire: Recall. General Motors has announced that it is recalling some 1.5 million vehicles built between 2006 and 2009 for just such a problem. A similar measure was taken in 2008, but apparently the fix performed for that recall hasn't eradicated the issue entirely.
The models affected consist of the Buick Enclave and Lucerne; Cadillac CTS, DTS, Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 3500, Suburban, Tahoe and Traverse; GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL, Hummer H2 and Saturn Outlook. In lieu of a fix, it seems that The General is offering to pay owners $100 to remove the heated washer fluid system in its entirety.

[Source: The Detroit News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hot stuff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have an '08 Silverado 3500 with the heated washer fluid system and I live in Colorado. I can tell you from experience that at 19F the heated fluid will still freeze on the windshield at highway speeds. In addition, I've driven 2700 miles in 3 days (just last weekend) and I can tell you the heated windshield fluid does almost nothing to remove impacted insect remains from your windshield. In all honesty, every time I thought it would be useful it has been perfectly useless.

      I agree with the recall - if it's going to torch my $50,000 truck, take it off. I'll live with the fact that I lost an option on my LTZ package. I've seen my system short out at 0F and watched the switch flicker in an abnormal manner - after which I turned it off and hoped it wouldn't short out.

      It's not perfect, but I'm absolutely happy with my otherwise reliable vehicle - if removing this useless option keeps me from becoming a French Fry, then take it off and I won't look back...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Newsmagazine" programs such as 20/20, Dateline, etc., have long been guilty of airing segments that were deliberately fixed yielding to bias, opinionated outcomes. NBC's Dateline purposely placed explosives in the fuel tanks of Chevrolet trucks that detonated upon impact with another vehicle. GM sued NBC and won. ABC's 20/20 used university experimental film footage that had explosives placed the fuel tanks of 60's era full size Fords. This was done by a university to observe what happens in the event of an explosion. 20/20 aired this "experiment" as fact. Even worse, 20/20 claimed that '73-'78 full size Fords had "dangerous" fuel tanks. Needless to say Ford sued ABC and won. 1973-78 Ford LTD's, Galaxies, Custom 500's and wagons and their Mercury siblings had absolutely NO dangers whatsoever regarding the fuel tanks. They were perfectly safe vehicles. Then, I believe, it was 20/20 that ran a misleading segment on the dangers of re-capped truck tires and lied about a particular company that did the re-capping. The company sued ABC and won. These programs are extremely bias and one must be very skeptical of the programs content. Idiot John Stossel that used to be on ABC's 20/20 had been sued numerous times for defamation of character, slander, etc. It's nothing more than sensationalized tabloid quality "journalism."
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm, this is the only recall where i have heard of a company to say 'eh, it doesn't work, just don't use it'
      • 4 Years Ago
      I saw this problem in action. A fellow I know had his Tahoe burn up caused by this problem. His wife's escalade was totaled as well due to the smoke damage. Burned his garage too. Happened during the bankruptcy last year. I do believe the lawsuit is still pending. This is a very bad system. I hope GM is removing the heater cores in such a washer system. This family was lucky to be alive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now we had Honda, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, and GM. Hyundai and Kia stand out. They have the best cars around. Check out the new Sonata and the Kia SUV. Best powertain and bumper to bumper warranty. And some people say " Buy America Cars " why? They are no match to Hyundai and Kia..............
      • 4 Years Ago
      "No wonder they went bankrupt"

      Happy now?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here come the "No wonder they went bankrupt" replies!
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is it that "car enthusiasts" don't realize that recalls are part of the automotive business?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "There have been reports of five fires, but no injuries or crashes, GM said today."

        So what should happen to the autocompanies who let issue linger and rack up a body count?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just to clarify, I'm not calling for them to go bankrupt, I'm just saying it's no surprise that they did with the issues that they had. VW also doesn't sell nearly as many cars in the US as GM or Toyota.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oollyoumn 2:10PM (6/08/201

        " Estimates of the body count for that known defect (internal memo "smoking gun") range from a low of 300 to a high of 1,800. 10 to 60 times the estimated body count on Toyota's "sticky throttle"."

        Math wasn't really a fun time for you in school, was it ? The NHSTA has connected (not estimated) 89 deaths to Toyota's acceleration problems so far: estimates would, therefore, HAVE to be even higher. Now for the "tricky" math stuff: 300 is approximately 3.4 times 89 and 1,800 is approximately 20 times 89. It gets harder: 10 is approximately 3 times 3.4 and 60 IS 3 times 20. My point ? Only that distortion of the facts by 300% tends to not only diminish but shred the hell out of your credibility.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about here comes the "wasn't this already recalled before" replies?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jpm100

        Do yo mean like GM did with the CK pickups that had the fuel tank mounted outside the frame making them vulnerable to rupture in a side impact? Estimates of the body count for that known defect (internal memo "smoking gun") range from a low of 300 to a high of 1,800. 10 to 60 times the estimated body count on Toyota's "sticky throttle". But in GM's case they never did recall and fix the product. They even took the government to court to stop a recall. I don't recall any fines either. Even with such preferential treatment, they still went bankrupt.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well the company that created the wiper fluid heating system that GM purchased is now bankrupt and gone because of the issues.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I thought the fix last time was to remove the parts in question already...how is there another recall to further remove the parts?
        • 4 Years Ago
        and? would they not be justified?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @oollyoumn NBC later admitted that the test were all rigged so your comment bares no meaning what-so-ever.

        http://www.exponent.com/NBC-DATELINE/
      • 4 Years Ago
      for gloria and taxocrat,

      35% of toyota's sold here are imported according to a wall street journal web.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the latest figures i found in the wall street journal.

        gm imported just under 15,000 vehicles so far this year. ford and chrysler none.
        • 4 Years Ago
        by my public school education math that means 65% were built here in the USA!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Dealers will remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid hoses."

      So..they're not fixing the system..just removing it and handing owners $100. Wow. Class-action lawyers will be all over this.

      gonna be spensive! $150 mil in checks alone...plus what the dealers will charge GM for the work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Love reading the comments, but I have a question that no one has answered yet....Is the $100 that GM is offering customers fair compensation for what they originally paid when they purchased vehicle? I looked @ my original sticker and the heated window washer is listed as "standard", so there's no record of how much it actually cost. Any ideas???
      • 4 Years Ago
      WAIT A MINUTE!!!! Where are all the headlines and Congressional hearings? Toyota went through this...Oh, I forgot...Congress has a big investment in GM.
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