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Government Motors Recalls 1.5 Million Cars

Don’t worry, taxpayers. It’s only going to cost you $100 each:

WASHINGTON — General Motors said today it was recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide to disable a heated windshield washer fluid system linked to fires, saying owners would get $100 in compensation.

GM said the system had been linked to five fires with no reports of injuries or crashes. The same system had been previously recalled in August 2008 for fires, with GM telling dealers to install new wiring.

The automaker said it had kept monitoring the HotShot system made by supplier Micro-Heat since the first recall, and received a report in June 2009 of smoke from the units. GM withheld payments from Micro-Heat after the first recall to cover its costs, and the company was forced to file for bankruptcy and liquidate.

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