Automotive recalls are nothing new, but three in one week all for potential fire hazards is unique. Cadillac, Tesla and Aston Martin have all announced recalls for problems ranging from electrical cable issues to faulty power steering lines to cracked suspension arms.
Tesla Motors is recalling 439 of its electric sports cars because of a possible fire hazard involving the 12-volt electrical system is its 2010 Roadster 2.0 and Roadster 2.5 with “a 12-volt auxiliary cable.”
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Tesla discovered the 12-volt cable may have been improperly routed, allowing it to be pinched or abraded. One Tesla customer reported a complained of smoke and fire in the auxiliary system but the problem was resolved without injury.
Meanwhile, GM is recalling about 3,500 of its 2010 Cadillac SRX models with either the 2.8- or 3-liter V-6 engines because of a possible fire hazard. The automaker said the power steering pressure line may have been damaged and could leak.
And Aston Martin is recalling almost 1,100 of its 2007 and 2008 DB9, DBS and V8 advantage models because a suspension failure could cause steering problems and increase the chance of a crash, according to N.H.T.S.A.
Article Last Updated: October 8, 2010.
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