In news released over the weekend, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and over-worked new CEO Mary Barra have yet another recall situation on their hands. The iconic automaker announced on Saturday that it is recalling 51,640 SUVs of various models because of possible inaccurate readings in their fuel gauges. General Motors has been plagued by a continuing series of recalls over the last year or two.
Details of the fuel gauge recall
According to the statement from General Motors Company (NYSE:GM), the 2014 models of Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia are all involved in the recall. The beleaguered automaker reported a software glitch could cause an inaccurate reading on either the high or low end of the fuel gauge, making the gauge wrong by up to one quarter of a tank. This means you could run out of gas when your fuel gauge shows a quarter tank of gas left.
The company also said that if a customer runs out of fuel without any warning, this will cause the vehicle to stall which increases the risk of an accident. General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) dealers will reprogram the software for free, starting immediately.
Earlier General Motors recalls
This new fuel gauge recall comes as General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) is still struggling to overcome bad press regarding a series of past recalls involving millions of vehicles of a variety of well-known GM models.
The company’s belated recall of 1.6 million vehicles worldwide for a potentially fatal ignition switch problem has been dogging the automaker for years, including a series of congressional hearings and testimony by GM CEO Mary Barra, who wasn’t in charge when the decisions to delay the ignition switch recall were made.
A major controversy has emerged because there is strong evidence that General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) engineers knew about the ignition switch issue as early as Spring 2004, but the company did not recall the vehicles until almost a decade later in February of this year. The company has admitted fault and paid fines relating to the case.