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The recall train keeps on rolling for General Motors. Hot on the heels of its recent 2.4 million-vehicle recall of various models, it's now calling in 218,000 Chevrolet Aveo units from the 2004-2008 model years because they could catch fire.

The problem concerns the daytime running light module in the instrument panel. It could overheat, melt and cause a fire. According to GM spokesperson Alan Adler, "We are aware of some fires," and the company "is still investigating." Adler wouldn't comment about how many fires were reported or when the automaker was first aware of this issue because of the ongoing analysis. However, he said the issue has not caused any injuries or fatalities.

GM also doesn't have a fix for the problem with the DRL module yet. The company says in its recall statement to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the remedy "is still under development." Adler wasn't sure when it would be ready, but he said Aveo owners would receive notification in the mail "relatively soon." They will receive a second letter later to schedule the repair.

In a separate letter about the Aveo's problem to NHTSA (viewable here as a PDF), GM said its Executive Field Action Decision Committee decided to conduct the recall on May 16. Scroll down for the recall report.

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Remove DRLs.

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Are DRL's a law in any state? Vaguely remember seeing it somewhere... Not like they're needed and you do have a good excuse "I could catch fire"

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As far as I know, there is no state law requiring them.

Into the trash they go.

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GM voluntarily started installing DRLs back in the 90s as a good safety item. In Canada, DRL became mandatory in some foggy coastal provinces prior to that.

I am not aware of any state or federal laws mandating DRLs, but other manufacturers followed GM's lead. I am told DRLs consume about .25 to .5 HP to operate (mind you this was back in the 90s when the first came out - I hope they've gotten more efficient)

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