In the latest string of vehicle recalls, General Motors announced on Thursday it was recalling 51,640 SUVs due to faulty software that may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.
According to Reuters, GM is recalling approximately 51,640 SUVs to correct a computer programming error that may cause fuel gauges to read inaccurately. In a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), GM said the error could cause fuel gauges to be off by as much as one-quarter of a tank. The problem can lead to vehicles running out of fuel without warning resulting in the engine stalling and increase the risk of crashing.
Dealers will reprogram the vehicles’ engine control modules at no cost to owners.
The following vehicles are affected by the latest recall.
Already this year GM has recalled about 7 million vehicles for various safety issues, including 2.6 million older vehicles with defective ignition switches. Older compact cars – mostly Chevrolet Cobalts and Saturn Ions – can be moved out of position while running and lead to lost power, steering defects and brake failure.
GM has been the subject of several federal investigations, inquiries and numerous lawsuits stemming from the ignition switch recall. The company has acknowledged 13 deaths and 31 crashes linked to the defect, but some estimates suggest the number is much higher.
On Friday, GM attorney Ken Feinberg met with a group of lawyers led by Thomas J. Henry to discuss a GM compensation fund for victims and their families of the ignition switch recall. Although specific details are still in the works, the meeting is good news for victims.