“A fix has been implemented in the production of new vehicles. And, vehicles on dealers' lots will be fixed before they are sold,” said Reuters.
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As the NHTSA report states, “In the event the starter is blocked due to engine / transmission damage (e.g.: hydro-locked engine), a very high electric current would flow through the starting current limiter during the subsequent start attempt. Should the driver attempt to start the engine repeatedly, despite the engine not cranking, the very high electric current draw might lead to overheating of the starting current limiter.” It follows: “In a worst case, surrounding components might melt, and potentially ignite, and lead to a fire.”