Hummer Recalled Over Vehicle Fire Risk, 3 People Injured Because Of the Problem

From 1992 to 2010, General Motors bought Hummer from AM General to manufacture the civilian-spec H1, H2, and H3. The Hummer brand was not to be for multiple reasons, not just due to the bad management of “Old General Motors.” This little fact shouldn’t surprise you when you find out that General Motors is now recalling a little under 200,000 Hummer SUVs.
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So here’s the thing: if you own a Hummer H3 from the 2006 to 2010 model year or a Hummer H3T (the pickup truck) from the 2009 to 2010 model year, you’ll receive a recall notification as soon as possible. The affected population of faulty Hummers comprises of 196,379 examples of the breed, which is simply mind-boggling. Consider that in calendar year 2009, combined Hummer H3 and H3T sales totaled 7,523 vehicles (in the US).

According to the Detroit-based company, the problem seems to lie with the cooling, heating, and ventilation systems of the Hummer H3 and H3T. The electrical gremlin is to blame for no less than 31 vehicle fires reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A further 11 cases were reported directly to General Motors, which begs the question - is GM on the brink of pulling yet another “Year of the Recalls?”

The tragedy of this recall campaign is represented by three vehicle fire cases that left three people with “minor burns.” According to General Motors, two of the three self-igniting Hummer H3/H3T vehicles were destroyed in the fire. Of the grand total, approximately 164,993 vehicles are in the US, with most of the rest located in Canada and Mexico. At the time of writing, GM hasn’t published a service appointment schedule.

For one of the four automakers General Motors shed during its 2009 bailout, this 200,000-strong recall campaign is yet another shameful reminder of why “Old General Motors” had to take a fall. H/T to Doug DeMuro for keeping his H1 tidy, but the pickup truck platform-based H2 and H3 haven’t aged too well. Here’s another fun (or aggravating) fact about the H2 and H3: according to a 2009 study from Consumer Repots, H2 and H3 drivers receive “five times as many traffic tickets” as the national average for all vehicles.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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