GM Recalls SUVs For Inaccurate Fuel Gauges

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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.

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  • Vivian

    I have a 2003 Trailblazer and my fuel gauge has read 1/4 tank then suddenly starts rising and goes to full tank. This has happened on more than one occasion. Sometimes it will read below 1/4 tank when there is more fuel than that as well. So this issue is not only with the new vehicles it goes back a whole lot further…..

  • Scherzerfan

    I have owned and loved my Chevys for a long time but GM's BS of screw ups and taking more work over seas is pushing my trust and "Buy American" to the limit. GM's prices are not indicative of quality. Their little "oversights" are costing lives. They will be losing more than my business if this trend continues. Sad part is, I love the business/maintenance relationship I have with the guys at Sparta Chevolet.

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