The car industry has seen its fair share of defective products recalled over recent months. Even the German luxury brand, BMW, has had to recall some its cars and SUVs due to engine failure. Now, in addition to General Motors' cover-up scandal of ignition failures in its Chevy Cobalt, the motor vehicle giant has found another problem with three of its series.
GM has decided to recall nearly 52,000 sport utility vehicles. Spokespersons from the car manufacturing conglomerate say that the vehicles' fuel gauges may show false readings. Vehicles to be recalled are 2014 models of GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Traverse, and Buick Enclave. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the SUVs were manufactured some time between 26 March and 15 August of last year.
General Motors believes that software in the engine's computer may be the reason why the fuel gauges are failing. Company officials and the NHTSA are afraid that, in the event of a failing fueling gauge, the SUV could run out of gas without warning to the driver, causing the vehicle to stall and possibly crash. There are currently no official numbers posted on how many accidents have been caused by the defective fuel gauges.
General Motors said in a statement late last week that consumers can take the vehicles to their dealer and the software will be reprogrammed for free. In addition, GM said that they will be mailing notifications to customers.
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Source: WKBN, "GM recalling 51,640 SUVs for defective fuel gauges" 3 May 2014