GM recalls nearly 52,000 SUVs for inaccurate fuel gauge

WASHINGTON Sat May 3, 2014 4:28pm EDT

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009. REUTERS/Jeff Kowalsky/Files

The General Motors logo is seen outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan in this file photograph taken August 25, 2009.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co (GM.N) is recalling 51,640 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs of the 2014 model year because faulty software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately, U.S. regulators said on Saturday.

"An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on its website.

GM said in a letter to NHTSA the fuel gauge reading could be off by as much as one-quarter of a tank. To fix the problem, GM dealers will reprogram the vehicles' engine control modules.

GM has recalled about 7 million vehicles this year, including 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and other models for faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.

The automaker is under investigation by NHTSA, Congress, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for waiting until February to begin ordering the ignition switch recall, despite first learning of the defect more than 10 years ago.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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Comments (2)
fxschmittler wrote:
Check the 2004,5,6 Buick Rendezvous

May 03, 2014 9:59pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
umiwang1987 wrote:
For the record, my Honda Civic doesn’t have this issue.

This ADDITIONAL GM issue is just another fine example of American corporation’s short sighted behavior. Didn’t want to spend a couple of dollars to fix the problem early on, but would rather spend a billion to fix it when it becomes a full blown catastrophe. Hey wait a minute. That is the same philosophy the government has. It must be contagious.

This is one of the reasons my family and I drive Japanese. Honda makes the best automobiles in the world. They last forever, are incredibly safe, cheap to repair and maintain, cheaper to fill up at the gas tank than anything ($20 thanks to GasBuddy), only cost around 25/month to insure (from Insurance Panda.. woohoo!), and are simply pleasures to drive. Would rather drive my Civic and feel safe than feel like I’ve wasted money on a Cobalt that’s about to break down.

May 04, 2014 11:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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