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05-09-2011, 09:06 PM #1
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Feds Investigate Stalling Problems with Nearly 900,000 GM SUVs
by Paul A. Eisenstein on Apr.29, 2011
A 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer, one of the GM SUVs targeted by the new NHTSA investigation.
Federal safety regulators have launched a preliminary investigation into reports that nearly 900,000 General Motors sport-utility vehicles could be subject to unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling because of potentially faulty gas gauges.
Though the problem involves vehicles produced mid-decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says there has been an apparent increase in the number of reports linked to the problem during the last year.
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The investigation centers around 2005 through 2007 SUVs sold under the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Saab 9-7 nameplates. All share a common platform and many of their components, including gas gauges.
The NHTSA has so far received 668 complaints alleging that the gauges may provide random and inaccurate readings, possibly indicating there is gas in a tank that has actually run dry. The result is that “the vehicle (may run) out of fuel …causing vehicle stall with no restart,” the agency said.
Of those complaints, 58 incidents involved a vehicle stalling, and in one case that led to an accident when the SUV was stuck on the exit ramp of a freeway and struck from behind..
GM says it is cooperating with the investigation.
A preliminary investigation is ordered when there is enough evidence to suggest a vehicle might be experiencing a safety defect. But only after a full investigation will NHTSA decide whether a recall is needed for the 865,000 GM sport-utility vehicles.08 Z71 Avalanche Mods to date: K&N CAI,Hellwig Swaybars and End Links, Corsa Sport Exhaust, Superchips Programer,IPCW LOF & 3rd brake light and tails, AMI Gas door,Show Hooks and Door locks, Enkei Wheels, with Pirelli tires, StreetScene Bowties, Grant Steering wheel,Muth signal mirrors,SSBC Big Brake kit,Huskyliner Mug gards,Floor mats and Hood shield, McGard Lug nuts and locks, Bedrug, Cervini's Ram Air hood,35watt HID Fog lights, Sylvania bulbs all around ZXE's Highs and Lows, WhiteNight Back up lights,Sirius and HD Radio, SnugTop sitting on deck now Got a Softopper on now,Tempress Boat Hatches.... New Bilstein shocks are on... New Mods coming soon..... X
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