GM Calls Back Full-Size SUVs for Fuel Pump Issue
Nearly 15,000 GM sport utility vehicle drivers may be at increased risk of a crash because of a fuel pump defect, the company recently told federal regulators.
GM is recalling certain 2021 full-size SUVs, including Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models. Those cars were built between April 2020 and August 2021, Car and Driver reports.
A problem with power control modules in the vehicles’ fuel pumps puts the SUVs at risk of stalling unexpectedly, GM said in a notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That, in turn, ramps up the risk of an accident.
“If the engine does not receive adequate fuel, the vehicle may unexpectedly stall,” GM told NHTSA in the defect notice. “A vehicle stall without warning could increase the risk of a crash, especially at high speeds.”
Although the company received more than 600 owner complaints about the issue, GM said it was not aware of any crashes actually resulting from the defect, according to Car and Driver.
GM told NHTSA that it would begin notifying recalled car owners in early November. Dealers will replace fuel pump power control modules at no cost to owners, the company added.
Stuck with a Lemon? Fight Back
This, unfortunately, is not GM’s first rodeo when it comes to recalling cars over defects that pose serious safety risks.
The company recently called back approximately 95,000 sport utility vehicles, citing a defect that could cause their seatbelts to become inoperable. GM said at the time that the problem increased the risk of injury in the event that recalled cars are involved in a crash.
GM in July also recalled roughly 380,000 Saab SUVs because of a suspension defect that the company said could cause drivers to lose control of the cars and lead to an accident.
In California, it is important to understand that you do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective or malfunctioning vehicle fixed.
The state’s lemon law requires carmakers to perform various repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act also forces manufacturers to buy back or replace cars that they cannot or will not fix.
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