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General Motors may have shed itself of much of its pre-bankruptcy problems, but the automaker still has to tend to its warranty and recall duties. As such, GM is recalling 53,000 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 and Saturn Ion models for a potential fuel leak problem that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says could lead to a fire. The problem involves 2006 Cobalt and Ion model models sold or registered in Arizona and Nevada and 2007 Cobalt, G5 and Ion models sold or registered in Arizona, California, Texas, Florida and Nevada.

NHTSA says the plastic supply or return port on the cars' modular reservoir assembly may crack, potentially leading to a fuel leak that could cause cause decreased efficiency and performance. Worse, if that leaking gasoline comes into contact with an ignition source of any kind, you could be looking at a Delta platform car-b-que.

To fix the fuel leak problem, company dealers will replace the fuel pump module of affected vehicles free of charge. GM is also providing a special coverage for 2006 and 2007 Cobalt, G5 and Ion models in other warm weather states, and you can hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release to see if you live in a participating location. GM hasn't yet provided a time frame for owner notification, but if you have questions you can read the official press release after the jump or call 1-800-630-2438 (Cobalt), 1-800-972-8876 (Ion) or 1-800-620-7668 (G5).

[Source: NHTSA]


PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHEVROLET / COBALT 2006-2007
PONTIAC / G5 2007
SATURN / ION 2006-2007
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP. Mfr's Report Date: OCT 22, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V419000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 52937

Summary:
GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2006 CHEVROLET COBALT AND SATURN ION VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ARIZONA AND NEVADA; AND MODEL YEAR 2007 CHEVROLET COBALT, PONTIAC G5 AND SATURN ION VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, NEVADA AND TEXAS. THE PLASTIC SUPPLY OR RETURN PORT ON THE MODULAR RESERVOIR ASSEMBLY MAY CRACK. IF EITHER OF THESE PORTS DEVELOPS A CRACK, FUEL WILL LEAK FROM THE AREA. IF THE CRACK BECOMES LARGE ENOUGH, FUEL MAY BE OBSERVED DRIPPING ONTO THE GROUND AND VEHICLE PERFORMANCE MAY BE AFFECTED.

Consequence:
FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE FUEL PUMP MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. A SPECIAL COVERAGE WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE SAME TIME FRAME FOR MODEL YEAR 2006 VEHICLES REGISTERED IN ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, CALIFORNIA, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA, NEW MEXICO, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA, TENNESSEE AND TEXAS AND MODEL YEAR 2007 VEHICLES REGISTERED IN: ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, GEORGIA, HAWAII, LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, NORTH CAROLINA, NEW MEXICO, OKLAHOMA, SOUTH CAROLINA AND TENNESSEE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, SATURN AT 1-800-972-8876 AND PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668 OR AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes:
GM RECALL NO. 090226. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      raymond_csensich
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess this recall is "VIN specific" i called because i had this done to my 2007 G5, after the warranty was out it happened (of course) and i took it to my local car repair shop. Just got off the phone with GM they said my Vin wasn't included in the recall because my VIN didn't match the recall. Yet they told me if i wouldn't have gotten it fixed right away and called them before i got it fixed they could have made a case out of it. I'm sorry but if my car is LEAKING GAS the first thing i think of is not to call GM to make a case out of it, its to get the problem fixed. So now I'm out $700, because they wont take responsibility for my car too because i already fixed it
        twila dimatteo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raymond_csensich
        i have chevy cobalt 2006 with gas leak.contacted the dealership and was told my vin # wasnt in the recall.contacted chevy and was told the same thing.and was told if i paid to have it fixed i could MAYBE get a discount.and then they gave me a case number to show that i called about it.reported it to NHTSA.
        Twila DiMatteo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @raymond_csensich
        i just noticed about a week ago the smell of gas.its the gas tank leaking..Whats up with that.but fikes chevy dealership where i bought my cobalt in 2006 told me my 2006 vin doesnt show a recall. i guess i just get blown up. i contacted NHTSA to file complaint!!! gmac should use our tax dollars they recvd and fix their defects
      missjude3000
      • 2 Years Ago
      I bought my 2008 cobalt new because I finally wanted to have a safe car and have had problems since the first month I have had headlight leaking and filling up with water and found out the headlights are dated 2005 which are on the recall list , but they will not fix. The steering has been fixed three times and still the key gets stuck. The oxygen sensors and tire pressure sensors have cost money and now after I had the steering fixed in August 2012 , I have another problem with the car starting and there is a strong smell of gas even after I turn the car off. I see that there is a recall on the 2006-7 cobalts and that the car can catch on fire. I called GM and they say my car is not on the recall list and that I should pay for a diagnostic on the problems, but they still will not cover them since it is out of warranty, so I guess someone else has to die for GM to do anything about this.
        Twila DiMatteo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @missjude3000
        gm is worthless.Good Luck .i have same problem .filed complaint with NHTSA.u need to do the same.mine is in garage being repaired now.and not at a gm dealership.they r not getting any more of my money for their mistakes..
      sandy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I went to Pinebelt Chevrolet in Lakewood, NJ and I looked at 2007 Pontiac. It looked like a great car but they were selling for $8,000, and as I was making a deal. The credit manager blamed Obama for the banks regulation and said, aren't you happy that GM was saved and not Banruptcy. You know he said, I blame Obama for regulating the Banks. Well I was shocked, he's lucky he has a job. But anyway I was so disgusted, now I find that this 2007 Pontiac is dangerous. They never told me, see Pinebelt Chevrolet in Lakewood is a bad place to buy a car. Okay I just wanted to share my experience with this car dealer. Apparently they do not believe in science, and global warming.
        Twila DiMatteo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sandy
        they have to blame it on somebody.maybe obama should have let gm go bankrupt....gm is worthless.Good Luck .i have same problem .filed complaint with NHTSA.u need to do the same.mine is in garage being repaired now.and not at a gm dealership.they r not getting any more of my money for their mistakes..
      Bill Smit
      • 6 Months Ago

      There is hope.Call GM customer help and explain your problem.They seem to be helpful nowdays but i am still in the process. will post a update with more details.

      Wilhelm Smith

      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem is with the fuel pump, in the tank. How is this leak going to venture all the way up to an ignition component? An extremely far stretch to assert a potential fire hazard. I'd say a fire is beyond unlikely. I think the fire assertion by the author was to instill exchange.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think you might be confusing the terms 'ignition source' and 'ignition component'. An ignition source could be from anywhere; certainly a vehicle component, but it could also be a discarded cigarette or a water heater pilot light, for instance.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Egon,

        My gears for brains may have interpreted as such, correct. Still a stretch on a fire hazard though. Water heater pilot light? Come on now. Is there a fuse from the water heater going into the garage to underneath the car?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE." Could?! Could?!
      • 5 Years Ago
      d'oh! weather, not whether!
      • 5 Years Ago
      where's mr. vette?!

      I'll say it again: every maker has their issues. Keep the flaming away (no pun intended!)
      Teri
      • 2 Years Ago
      We took our car for the TX state inspection and were advised of the leaking gas. We got it fixed immediately and paid $600. I started googling the issue and called GM and was told the same thing about VIN specific. I guess they think that they don't make mistakes. They said I could take it to a dealer to get rechecked and I said no thank you! I will be filing a complaint today as well. Obviously if the issue is coming up again, there has to be some VINs that were missed! The report I saw said nothing about VINs, it just mentioned States.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like the trouble days for GM aren't over yet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      autobloggers, i am impressed. this has got to be the calmest GM or Toyota recall thread ever! Maybe everyone has finally realized that every company has their fair share of recalls. except suzuki and mitsubishi. it seems you have to actually sell a few cars to have anything to recall! i kid, i kid
      texas kay
      • 8 Months Ago
      I have had my 2006 ion since it was new. In the last month I have smelled gas when I exited the car. My mileage has dropped from 30+ MPG to less than 10 MPG. It is leaking above the gas tank and the GM guys tell my my car is not covered for this recall. I am fighting this.
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