2016-2017 Envision also recalled for incorrect weight labels.
Buick is issuing two recalls for two very different problems. The first concerns a potential fire risk in the 2011 Buick Regal sedan, while the second is perhaps less dramatic, and concerns warning labels in the 2016-2017 Envision crossover.
The 2011 Buick Regal is subject to a recall because the wiring harness for the eight-weight power front seats could chafe against the seat frame, causing a sort circuit. In the best-case scenario, the power seats simply wouldn’t work. But Buick says that the short circuit could also cause smoke or flames from the wiring harness. Buick first received a customer complaint of a seat fire in December 2015. The recall, which involves replacing the wiring harness with a newer design, affects 42,984 cars.
A recall for the 2016-2017 Buick Envision concerns the crossover’s federally required tire and weight rating labels. The stickers don’t accurately represent the Envision’s maximum Gross Vehicle Weight Rating and Gross Axle Weight Rating figures, which could lead a customer to inadvertently overload the vehicle. Buick says it has reprogrammed the software that produces the labels, and that dealers will apply overlay stickers over the defective ones. This recall only affects 3,889 vehicles, because few Envisions have been sold so far and many had the recall fix applied before they left the factory.