G.M. to Expand Last Year’s Limited Recall of S.U.V.’s

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration persuaded General Motors to recall almost 194,000 more 2005-7 sport utility vehicles for an electrical problem that could cause fires. A similar recall affecting about 278,000 vehicles was issued last year, but only in certain states.

G.M. had resisted both recalls, wanting instead to provide some owners with an extended warranty, according to two documents – one from 2012 and another posted over the weekend on N.H.T.S.A.’s Web site.

The vehicles the recall covers are the 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; the 2006-7 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, and Isuzu Ascender models and the 2005-7 Saab 9-7x. The automaker said fluid could get inside the driver’s-side door, causing a short circuit in the power door and window control. That could keep the windows and locks from working and could cause “odor, smoke or fire.”

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