With all eyes fixed on General Motors in the wake of the ignition recall debacle, the auto giant has been carefully calling in a wide array of vehicles to fix anything and everything that could prove problematic. Just the other day it issued two separate recalls – one concerning the Cadillac SRX and another its heavy-duty pickups – and now it is issuing another.

This time the vehicles in question are the Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia, three fullsize crossovers based on GM's Lambda platform. In an estimated 51,640 units manufactured between March 26 and August 15, 2013, the engine control module has been found to incorrectly display the level of fuel in the tank.

As a result, owners are being notified to bring their vehicles in to their local dealers to have the ECU reflashed to fix the problem. View the full details in the announcement below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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RECALL Subject : Inaccurate Fuel Gauge Reading
Report Receipt Date: APR 30, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V223000
Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 51,640
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles manufactured March 26, 2013, through August 15, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately.

CONSEQUENCE:
An inaccurate fuel gauge may result in the vehicle unexpectedly running out of fuel and stalling, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM to correct the fuel gauge reading, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300 (Buick), 1-800-222-1020 (Chevrolet), and 1-800-462-8782 (GMC). GM's number for this recall is 14007.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      BodyBlue
      • 7 Months Ago
      Growing up in the 70s GM cars always had funky gas gauges. My Moms Cutlass Supreme would stay pegged on full forever then drop to half.....then it would move between red and 1/4 whenever the car moved.....drove me crazy.
        Andrew Berardinelli
        • 7 Months Ago
        @BodyBlue
        Ahhh...I remember my '91 Park Avenue had a fuel gauge that fluctuated about 1/2 tank when I accelerated. I never did figure out how much gas I really had, but it didn't really matter to me.
      Steve Izabal
      • 5 Months Ago
      I own a 2009 Traverse and have to say I was quite excited when I bought the car, but that joy has since left. Out of all the cars I have had, I have NEVER had one with so many various issues. A month after the bumper to bumper expired, there was an electrical issue. Lucky for me the service guy pulled strings to honor the warranty, but still faulty wiring caused a short somewhere. 1 month before the 60K warranty went up the transmission locked in 3rd gear on my way to a client visit. And now in my 5th year, the oil pressure gage is indicating a problem with the oil pressure/pump. The car is just at 82,000 miles. I had Hondas with less problems at 150K miles. Chevy-back your product and make it right or you will end in the same place WE had to BAIL YOU OUT FROM.
      churchmotor
      • 7 Months Ago
      Here is a thought. Just recall every vehicle you have ever produced to save time and money. They all have some hidden defects, known defects, defects yet uncovered....
        b.rn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @churchmotor
        You're right in that every vehicle ever produced has some yet to be uncovered defects. Just make sure you apply that statement to all manufacturers.
      owen brown
      • 7 Months Ago
      Garbage Motor's strikes again. Sigh!!
      wrestleprocbt
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hey Gov't Motors, would you like some more money? Glad the Unions who build these quality vehicles got taken care of during the restructuring to a "New" GM. By the way, I guess that ignition problem wasn't done by New GM employees because if it's New GM then it must be all new employees? I love how the GM lawyers are telling the dead peoples families they can't go after New GM that it was Old GM's fault. So since it is non existant, you have now screwed them also. First the tax payers, now the dead peoples families. Who's next?
      muspod
      • 7 Months Ago
      Does GM make a vehicle that ISN"T under a recall??? Damn....
        b.rn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @muspod
        They still have a better history than Honda, Ford, BMW, Toyota, Kia, Subaru, Nissan, and others. Only Mazda (Ford?) and Mercedes (Chrysler?) have lower recall rates. http://wallstcheatsheet.com/automobiles/10-car-makers-boasting-the-lowest-recall-rates.html/?a=viewall
          Justin
          • 7 Months Ago
          @b.rn
          Logic is good. The sad part - the only people who really read these are GM haters who are, clearly, unwilling to see logic. I personally haven't owned a vehicle that hasn't had a recall ever, but that's because vehicles are extremely complex and there are a lot of minor things that can go wrong/cause issues. It should be, in my opinion, expected to have some recall work done on a vehicle. My '13 Camry Hybrid has already had one recall completed, and I'm sure there will be more in the future.
        lilafc
        • 7 Months Ago
        @muspod
        Corvette ?
      lrx301
      • 7 Months Ago
      How can these vehicles achieve the GM claimed gas milelage without the help of the inaccuarte gas gauges?
      2011 Sportsman
      • 7 Months Ago
      GM is still having problems with this sorta thing, this has plagued other cars before and some are still having trouble... Get it together GM
        SloopJohnB
        • 7 Months Ago
        @2011 Sportsman
        Well, yes, software problems plague every manufacturer that uses software. Coders make mistakes as well as experience generally allows you to use previous blocks of code that worked before…but then some bean counter changes a sensor supplier on you and wham… Or the sensor itself can be the problem…Audi has had such problems with the fuel gauge sensor being affected by the relatively high sulfur content of US fuel as compared with european fuels.
      VDuB
      • 7 Months Ago
      This was a problem on ALL GMT360s (Trailblazer, Envoy, 9-7x, etc). Owners have been getting letters saying that GM will pay 100% of the fix, but specifically stated this was NOT a recall.
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      At this rate GM will soon overtake Toyota as recall king.
      Paul J Maske
      • 6 Months Ago
      There is ALSO a recall on my 2014 Enclave seatbelt problem
      Jun Jiusi Zheng
      • 7 Months Ago
      I guess except independent-platform Cadillac cars (not SUV) & corvette, all other GM's cars are not trust-able?
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