GM recalls over 51,000 SUVS with defective fuel gauges

BY Kayla Ruble  May 4, 2014 at 12:39 PM EST
Photo courtesy of Bill Pugliano/Getty Images.

General Motors world headquarters building in Detroit, Michigan seen on May 27,  2009. The company issued a recall on Saturday of nearly 52,000 SUVS with defective fuel gauges. Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images.

General Motors issued a recall on Saturday for 51,640 SUVS due to a problem with defective fuel gauges in the vehicles, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“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) wrote in a statement on its website.

The recalled vehicles included in the recall are the 2014 models of Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs. These models were all manufactured between March 26 and Aug. 15, 2013.

The problematic fuel gauges are a result of engine control module software that can cause inaccurate readings. Due to the issue, vehicles could unexpectedly stall or run out of fuel.

According to the recall, dealers will reprogram the faulty software in the affected vehicles at no cost.

The news comes after GM recalled 7 million vehicles earlier this year for faulty ignition switches that have been blamed for 13 deaths. Included in the recall were 2.6 million Chevrolet vehicles and Saturn ions.

GM learned about the ignition switch defect more than 10 years, but did not issue the recall until February. The automaker is currently under investigation by the NHTSA, Congress, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for the recall delay.