GM recalls more than 500,000 1997-98 pickups, vans, SUVs over fire hazard

Friday, April 25th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

DETROIT (AP) _ General Motors Corp. said Friday it was recalling 570,000 Chevrolet and GMC pickups, vans and SUVs to repair a mirror control switch in the driver's door that could cause a fire.

The recall covers 1997-98 Chevrolet and GMC Suburbans, 1997 Chevrolet Blazer and GMC Jimmy midsize sport utility vehicles, 1998 Chevrolet C/K and GMC Sierra pickups and 1998 Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari midsize vans equipped with remote power adjustable mirrors.

In some of the vehicles, a short circuit could allow continuous current flow through the switch, producing enough heat to possibly start an electrical fire in the door.

GM said there have been 67 electrical fires in which the mirror control switch was cited as the source. The incidents have resulted in three reported injuries.

About 507,000 of the affected vehicles are in the United States and 46,000 are in Canada. The rest are outside of the United States and Canada.

GM said it will notify owners and instruct them to bring the vehicles to Chevrolet and GMC dealers. A fused jumper harness will be installed for free in the door wiring harness leading to the mirror switch.