GM Under Fire and Under Investigation

General Motors Co. is in hot water as they recall 51,640 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs from their 2014 model year. They have done so because of faulty software that could cause fuel gauges to read in accurately.

As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said on its website, “An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.”

GM dealers plan now to reprogram the engine control modules in these cars. The fuel gauge could be off by as much as a quarter of a tank, causing cars to run out of gas and create an accident. At least 7 million vehicles have been recalled this year. This includes 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar models that have been linked to at least 13 deaths as a result of faulty ignition switches.

In addition to their recall issues, GM is under investigation by NHTSA, Congress, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission for waiting until now to order the new ignition switch recall when they apparently knew about this issue for more than ten years.