Published: Jun 08, 2010 6:37 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 08, 2010 3:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - General Motors Co. said Tuesday it was
recalling about 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to address a problem
with a heated windshield wiper fluid system that could lead to a
fire, its second recall over the issue in two years.
      The recall affects several pickup trucks, sport utility
vehicles, crossovers and passenger car models from the 2006 to 2009
model years. GM conducted a similar recall in 2008 but came across
new reports of fires in vehicles that had been fixed.
      GM said it would disable the heated washer fluid system module
that could lead to fires. The Detroit automaker will pay owners and
those leasing vehicles $100 each since the feature is being
disabled.
      GM said it was aware of five fires but there had been no
injuries or crashes reported. Nearly 1.4 million vehicles are in
the U.S. and more than 100,000 vehicles are in Canada, Mexico and
other international markets.
      "While our analysis shows the number of incidents is very small
compared with the number of vehicles on the road, we want our
customers to have complete peace of mind," said Jeff Boyer, GM's
executive director of safety.
      The recall covers the 2006-2009 model year Buick Lucerne,
Cadillac DTS, and Hummer H2; 2008-2009 Buick Enclave and Cadillac
CTS; 2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT;
2007-2009 Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe;
2007-2009 GMC Acadia, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL; 2007-2009 Saturn
Outlook; and 2009 Chevrolet Traverse.
      The auto company said customers will begin to receive recall
letters later this month but can contact their dealer to make an
appointment to have the heated washer system removed. Dealers will
remove the heated washer fluid module and reroute washer fluid
hoses.
      GM said the technology was available from only one supplier,
Microheat Inc., of Farmington Hills, Mich., which went out of
business, preventing GM from working with another supplier on an
improved design.
      GM recalled more than 900,000 vehicles because of the heated
washer fluid system in August 2008 because a short circuit on the
circuit board could overheat the ground wire. The National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration had opened an investigation in
February 2008 into 2007 Yukon and Tahoe vehicles over potential
engine compartment fires.
      The government closed its investigation after the 2008 recall
but GM later came across fires in vehicles that had been fixed
under the previous recall, prompting the latest safety action.
      Owners can contact Buick at (866) 608-8080, Cadillac at (866)
982-2339, Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438, Saturn at (800) 972-8876,
GMC at (866) 996-9463 and Hummer at (800) 732-5493.