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U.S. probes GM minivans

Dec 6, 2005 | Detroit Free Press General Motors Corp.'s 2005-model minivans are being investigated by U.S. auto-safety regulators for an electrical problem that can cause stalling or a failure of headlights.

The inquiry affects a total of 57,000 Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay minivans, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday on its Web site. The agency said the owner of an Uplander reported that a windshield-wiper part cut wires and caused the headlights to fail.

General Motors, the world's largest automaker, sent dealers a bulletin in February saying a wiper motor crank arm can come in contact with a wiring bundle, the Washington-based agency said. No accidents or injuries were reported. The agency began a preliminary investigation, the first step toward a possible recall.

About one in four such inquiries is upgraded to a second step called an engineering analysis, with the rest closed with no further action. Seven in 10 of the engineering analyses result in recalls.

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