GM recalls subcompacts for fire risk

DETROIT --General Motors recalled another 218,000 cars today because they might catch fire.

And the automaker says it has no immediate way to fix the problem.

The recall of 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo and Chevrolet Optra subcompacts from 2004-2008 model years is because they have potentially faulty light control modules that can overheat inside the dashboard, melt and ignite.

GM said it knows of "an unspecified number of fires due to the problem," but knows of no injuries or deaths.

GM says it is "still developing a plan to fix the problem" and will provide details as soon as possible.

The vehicles were built in Korea by the former Daewoo, which now is GM Korea. They were imported to the U.S. and its territories. The cars were sold in the U.S. as Aveo and in the U.S. territories. GM and NHTSA regard them as them two separate recalls, bringing to 29 the number of recalls so far this year.

GM on Tuesday recalled 2.42 million cars in the U.S. for four different potential problems involving airbags, safety belts, engine fires, transmission cables. It said then that two more recalls were imminent.


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