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General Motors was the first OEM to install Mircroheat's HotShot heated windshield wiper fluid system into its cars. That was in 2006. But the hot, wet good times didn't last long, with underhood fires causing GM to recall almost a million vehicles in 2008 due to problems it claimed were caused by the HotShot. For its part, HotShot didn't accept the blame, claiming GM's electrical system was at fault.

Microheat Inc., the company responsible for inventing and supplying General Motors with their HotSpot windshield cleaning system, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The technology utilized heated liquid to clean the front glass of debris, ice, and snow. Unfortunately, a short circuit on a printed circuit board could overheat and lead to a fire (removing contaminants from much more than just the front windshield). As a result, GM recalled 944,000 vehicles and dropped Microheat, and t