Suzuki recalls nearly 26,000 cars for fire risk

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Suzuki recalls nearly 26,000 cars for fire risk
The new Suzuki compact Forenza Wagon was unveiled by American Suzuki Motor Corporation at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, April 8, 2004, in New York. The wagon will compete against models such as the Ford Focus wagon and is scheduled to go on sale late this year with a sticker price between $13,000 and $16,000. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
The new five-door Suzuki compact Forenza Wagon is unveiled at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, April 8, 2004, in New York. The wagon will compete against models such as the Ford Focus wagon and is scheduled to go on sale late this year with a sticker price between $13,000 and $16,000. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
The Suzuki Forenza sits on display at the New York International Auto Show Thursday, April 8, 2004. The Forenza has a 2.0 liter four-cylinder 119 horsepower engine. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
FILE - This May 6, 2007 file photo shows unsold 2007 Forenza sedans outside a Suzuki dealership in the northwest Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge, Colo. Suzuki is recalling more than 184,000 small cars in the U.S. because the steering columns can catch fire. The recall covers Forenza models from 2004 through 2008 and Reno models from 2005 through 2008. Both vehicles were made for Suzuki by General Motors. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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DETROIT (AP) - Suzuki is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in the U.S. because the daytime running light modules can overheat and could cause a fire.

The recall covers the Verona from the 2004-2006 model years. It's an expansion of an earlier recall of the Forenza and Reno.

All the cars were made by General Motors in Korea. Suzuki says in documents filed Tuesday with government safety regulators that a transistor in the modules can overheat in the instrument panel. That could melt the module, which could cause a fire. Suzuki says there were no fires reported in Verona models.

Dealers will replace the modules for free. Owners will be notified later.

American Suzuki Motor Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November of 2012 and stopped selling automobiles in the U.S.

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