Fire reported in GM vehicles that were supposed to be fixed during previous recall.

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Fire reported in GM vehicles that were supposed to be fixed during previous recall.

— What happens when U.S. safety regulators believe an automaker didn't do a good enough job on a safety recall?  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opens what they call a "recall query" to confirm the recall remedy actually worked.

In early May, General Motors recalled over 38,000 model year 2012-2013 Chevy Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Regal sedans equipped with eAssist.

GM said they wanted to screen the generator control module and verify the module wouldn't overheat and cause a fire in the trunk.  Dealers were to perform a safety test on the module and replace it if needed.

However, safety regulators discovered that prior to the recall, GM was informed of a fire in a vehicle that previously had the service update performed.  That shows the so-called recall "fix" might not keep a fire from occurring.

The current investigation will determine if the vehicles need to be recalled again.

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