Federal investigators are looking at 865,000 General Motors sport utility vehicles after consumer complaints about the fuel gauges malfunctioning. The problem could cause the SUVs to stall.
Included in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's probe are the 2005 to 2007 model years of Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Saab 9-7x brands. Of the 668 complaints, 58 alleged the vehicles stalled. Of those, 43 complaints blamed the stalled out SUVs on the fuel level gauge showing more gas than what was actually in the tank. So far, no one has been hurt, the NHTSA said.In a statement sent to Consumer Ally, GM said that it "is cooperating with the NHTSA in the investigation."
The NHTSA statement said one complaint told of a SUV driving off an interstate highway after it had stalled and been hit from behind by another vehicle. The agency said the complaints about the SUVs have increased in the past year. The NHTSA has not requested a recall. The investigation was initiated to look into the scope of the issue and the potential safety consequences.
Last summer, GM and Toyota had to recall 1.29 million Pontiac Vibes, and Corolla and Corolla Matrix models because of an engine control module that could crack and cause a stall or shut-off even when the car is being driven.
It has not been a good couple of weeks for the major automakers. Toyota, Nissan and Kia recalled certain models last week, and Ford was involved in a tire recall on some of its trucks.
For more information, consumers can call the NHTSA at (888) 327-4236 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST or file a complaint.
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