GM Recalling 196,000 Hummer H3, H3T Models For Fire Hazard
HVAC Systems Cited for Issue; 42 Reports, Three Injuries
The Hummer brand and its products may have been gone for five years, but the defunct SUV brand is still causing issues for parent company General Motors. Reuters reports that GM is recalling 196,379 HUMMER H3 and H3Ts from model years 2006 to 2010 for an issue with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) units catching fire. GM received 42 reports of fires, 31 of which were reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In three of the reports, occupants sustained burn injuries, and in two of those cases, the vehicle was completely destroyed by fire. The majority, 164,993 units, are in the U.S., with the remainder in Canada and Mexico. Affected owners can have the recall repairs performed at any authorized GM dealer.
The Hummer H3 was a smaller supplement to the larger GMT800-based H2. Based on the first-generation Chevrolet Colorado GMT355 platform, the H3 was offered in both four-door SUV and a crew cab pickup H3T versions. In its final model years, the H3 was offered in high-performance Alpha trim, which featured a 300hp 5.3L V-8. The Shreveport, Louisiana, plant where the H3 was built has since been shuttered as part of GM’s 2009 bankruptcy.