GM agrees to pay half the price of fixing defective fuel gauges

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 8, 2011

General Motors Co. has consented to pay for half the price of fixing defective fuel gauges in GMC, Chevrolet and Buick SUVs as well as Saab vehicles from model years 2005 through 2007. The deal, which could possibly affect as many as 865,000 automobiles in the U.S., ends an investigation launched earlier this year, as stated on documents submitted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the NHTSA, GM has notified dealers and vehicle owners in August. GM spokesperson Alan Adler said that with this special policy, the company can standardize the labor time needed to make the repairs.

He further stated that with the GM 50/50 special policy in place, they expect clients to save a considerable amount on the cost of the fuel level sensor wear repairs, says Reuters. He refused to point out what GM's share of the repairs might cost. Furthermore, he made clear that not every one of the 865,000 automobiles will be affected.

In April, federal regulators started out an inspection into the 865,000 vehicles for possible malfunctioning fuel gauges that can erroneously tell motorists that their cars had more gas than they did.

NHTSA's initial investigation covered GMC Envoys, Chevrolet Trailblazers, Saab 9-7s and Buick Rainiers from model years 2005 to 2007 after receiving 668 grievances on imprecise fuel gauge readings.

Of the complaints, 58 incidents were said to lead to an automobile stall and 43 of those were said to happen because fuel level reading indicated more fuel compared to what was really in the tank, NHTSA explained during the time it opened the probe. One complaint said the affected automobile stalled while leaving an interstate highway and was hit from the rear.

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