The recall train keeps on rolling for General Motors. Hot on the heels of its recent 2.4 million-vehicle recall of various models, it's now calling in 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo units from the 2004-2008 model years because they could catch fire.

The problem concerns the daytime running light module in the instrument panel. It could overheat, melt and cause a fire. According to GM spokesperson Alan Adler, "We are aware of some fires," and the company "is still investigating." Adler wouldn't comment about how many fires were reported or when the automaker was first aware of this issue because of the ongoing analysis. However, he said the issue has not caused any injuries or fatalities.

GM also doesn't have a fix for the problem with the DRL module yet. The company says in its recall statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the remedy "is still under development." Adler wasn't sure when it would be ready, but he said Aveo owners would receive notification in the mail "relatively soon." They will receive a second letter later to schedule the repair.

In a separate letter about the Aveo's problem to NHTSA (viewable here as a PDF), GM said its Executive Field Action Decision Committee decided to conduct the recall on May 16. Scroll down for the recall report.
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RECALL Subject : Daytime Running Light Module Overheating

Report Receipt Date: MAY 19, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V261000

Component(s):
Potential Number of Units Affected: 218,000
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2004-2008 Chevrolet Aveo vehicles equipped with daytime running lights (DRL). In the affected vehicles, there may be heat generated within the DRL module located in the center console in the instrument panel, which could melt the DRL module.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the DRL module melts due to the heat generation, it could cause a vehicle fire.

REMEDY:
The remedy for this recall campaign is still under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors customer service at 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet). General Motors recall number for this campaign is 14236.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Skean
      • 7 Months Ago
      Stop, drop, and recall.
      flammablewater
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well I'm glad to have a new reason to never want an Aveo.
      Victor Hoyles
      • 7 Months Ago
      Well, at least it will be easier to see in bright daylight.
      mikemaj82
      • 7 Months Ago
      How quickly people in this thread forgot about all of Toyota's recalls. Wow.
        RM
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Stop trying to change the subject. For crying out loud GM is up to 15.5 million recalls for half the year.
          mikemaj82
          • 7 Months Ago
          @RM
          Umm yea, take a look around. There's nothing left for them to recall!
        Big Squid
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mikemaj82
        Better cash that check from GM now while the bank will still take it.
      Theresa Salmons Lpn
      • 2 Months Ago

      well this isn't a joke, my 2007 aveo caught fire this morning with my son and myself in it. not cool. thankfully we were both unharmed but that isn't the point. something really needs to be done because there is now a very unhappy chevy owner.

      Barbara Lannan Cunni
      • 2 Months Ago

      Can you tell me when will the parts will be in my 2006 was called back but cant have anything done to it until you send me the letter you said you would the First letter I received was June and now this is OCT and im worry it will start a fire and if it dose and Im on the highway what will happen im 80 years old and if I don't hear from you I will get some one to help me sue they told me at the dealer I had to have the letter telling them to take care of it my vehicle ID number is KL1TD666X6B516693 so Please let me know because it should not take this long to get the part if some thing should happen their will be a law suite and I know you wont want that thank you Barbara Cunningham Picayune ,Ms 601-310-5120

      RetrogradE
      • 7 Months Ago
      Yes! My tax dollars squandered. Sure glad we bailed them out. Too big to fail, too shi**y to work.
      turbo_awd
      • 7 Months Ago
      Wow. Starting to wish we'd let it fail, rather than bailing them out.. Seriously - anyone here in need of a reliable daily driver still interested in buying a GM? I don't mean you, 'vette fan boys - heck, if I could afford it and/or didn't have a family, I'd be interested in one too. I mean, who here would buy a a GM sedan/hatch/coupe for the family over Toyota/Honda/Subaru/Nissan/Mazda/Hyundai/ and heck, even Ford or Dodge/Chrysler? I'm intentionally leaving out more "upscale" brands, since, the more $$ you spend, the more reasons you have other than reliability for buying said car.. No one buys a Panamera over a Camry just because it's more reliable (or the other way around). A bit of a shame really - I actually liked the 3.6 V6 Impalas we got as rentals a couple of years ago as acceptable family cars - good power, and 30 highway mpg as advertised (wish Subaru had this engine instead of their 3.6...). But, with this huge list of recalls that seems unending, I can't help but wonder how many times we cheated death in those two weeks... I'm not saying other car makers are perfect, but with all the revelations, it really seems it's entrenched in the GM culture, and nothing short of firing the entire top half of the management chain will help fix it - it'll just heal and re-generate from within, otherwise.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 7 Months Ago
        @turbo_awd
        Yes, I would and did recently buy another GM mid-size for one of my kids - have three now and they all are well over 100K miles and drive and run like new. I also have a Honda and a Dodge that are the same way. The GM's have higher safety ratings and are MUCH quieter on the road than the other two. There is absolutely NO reason not to buy something like this, as they are very dependable and durable vehicles that are safe for my kids to drive, get pretty good mileage and are on the cheaper side to insure. But of course, all of the little boys on here who are jumping with glee at another GM recall won't believe that, now will they?
          RM
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          There is always one who defies logic. Honda is the only brand with the most safety plus awards from the iihs. I think GM has one. So please stop with the gm is safer BS. Government crash test on government vehicles is almost an oxymoron. If GM were safe they wouldn't be up to 15 million recalls this year.
          Larry Litmanen
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Alfonso T. Alvarez
          No one believes you, we know you are unemployed.
        mikemaj82
        • 7 Months Ago
        @turbo_awd
        Why in the world would i buy a runaway Toyota? Why?
          RM
          • 7 Months Ago
          @mikemaj82
          NASA couldn't find anything wrong. I wouldn't worry. Don't stack your floor mats. That's common sense. I mean God forbid you have more than one key on your key ring lol.
          m_2012
          • 7 Months Ago
          @mikemaj82
          http://www.safetyresearch.net/2013/11/07/toyota-unintended-acceleration-and-the-big-bowl-of-spaghetti-code/ NASA did have all the code, limited time, and no background on what they were even looking for.
        Jesus!
        • 7 Months Ago
        @turbo_awd
        So let them fail but Toyota gets a pass to stay around? They are finally cleaning house. Bout time.
          owen brown
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          When did Toyota asked the US government for a bailout?
          owen brown
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Jesus!
          Obsess with Toyota much?
      Larry Litmanen
      • 7 Months Ago
      Who wants to bet that tomorrow there will be another GM recall. Let's just hope it will be Silverado with a major transmission issue, that will kill the company so the wrong of 2008 will finally be fixed.
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      Very odd on the timing. Government dumps all their holding in GM and weeks later every thing GM has ever built gets recalled. Things that make you go hummmm
        m_2012
        • 7 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        Dont forget the CEO pulling his golden parachute and throwing a woman in charge. All in perfect time.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 7 Months Ago
      The ghost of old GM just keeps reaching back from beyond the grave.
        James John
        • 7 Months Ago
        @icemilkcoffee
        There never was a new GM. The old GM is the same as the new GM.
      mbukukanyau
      • 7 Months Ago
      Asian Cars are the best, plus German Engineering is above everything else. They only use Home made parts before bringing their cars to save Americans from Bad GM. That is why no one should buy GM, and if you want, you may buy Ford or Chrysler, because they are not as bad. Korean cars are the best.
        Jerry
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        LOL is that your sarcasm font?
        bootsnchaps60
        • 7 Months Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        The Aveo is/was a Daewoo, as are the Sonic (Aveo by another name) and Spark. The Cruze was based on a Daewoo. Both Korean.
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