General Motors has recently announced a recall for several models equipped with the eAssist, sold across the United States, because of a possible fire risk, in extreme cases.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a total of 38,197 units of the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCross and Buick Regal, equipped with the eAssist, will be affected by this recall, and their owners will have to take a trip back to the dealers in order to get the generator control module (GCM) checked out and replaced, if necessary.
“Some of these vehicles may have a condition in which the generator control module may not function properly. This could cause a gradual loss of battery charge and the illumination of a malfunction indicator light. If these warnings are ignored, the engine may stall. In addition, there may be a burning or melting odor, smoke, and, in rare instances, a fire in the trunk”, as GM is saying in its official press release.
General Motors didn’t announce any crashes or injuries released to this condition, just yet. The affected vehicles are from the 2012-2013 model years and they have been sold throughout the United States with the eAssist, to screen the generator control module for proper operation. The recall is expected to begin sometimes this month.