GM Recalls SUVs For Inaccurate Fuel Gauges
NEW YORK, NY (CNN Money, May 3, 2014)- The General Motors recalls just don’t seem to end.
The auto manufacturer said Saturday it is recalling 51,640 SUVs because of possible inaccurate readings of their fuel gauges.
The recall involves 2014 models of Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia. GM said a software problem could lead to a faulty reading on both the high and low end of the range by as much as one quarter of a tank.
If a customer runs out of fuel without any warning from the fuel gauge, it will cause the vehicle to stall and increase the risk of a crash, the company said.
GM said dealers will reprogram the software for free, starting immediately.
The latest recall comes as the company is dealing with a battery of recalls involving millions of vehicles that range from Buicks to Saturns and Chevrolet models.
GM has especially come under fire for its recall of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide for an ignition switch problem. GM engineers knew at least as early as 2004 of the problem, but the company did not recall the vehicles until February of this year.
At least 12 deaths have been linked to the ignition switch issue. The number of vehicles covered by the recall has also doubled since it was originally announced.
The company’s CEO Mary Barra has apologized and has also testified before Congress.
Last month, GM reported that its earnings for the first three months of the year were virtually wiped out from the cost of repairing millions of vehicles, which could total as much as $1.3 billion.