Remember GM’s Heated Windshield Washer Fire Fiasco? The one where the “Hotshot” unit got so hot that cars went up in flames? It sounded like it was a dispute between GM and the now defunct Microheat. Our friends at Carquestions did a little investigative reporting. Result? The part that caused a recall of 1.5m GMs comes from GM’s largest market: China. “But they didn’t happen to mention that in any of the recall documents the did submit to NHTSA,” says Carquestions.
Carquestions thinks they know why GM doesn’t want to emphasize the provenance of the part: “The’ve been doing pretty well in China.”
How did Carquestions find out? They followed GM’s supply chain with good old journalistic legwork: They looked at the label on the part. Nobody else bothered to. But watch the video. There is more. And it looks like there will be a part two of the saga.