GM Recalls More Than 51,000 SUVs Because Of Misleading Fuel Gauge Readings

gmThe thought of running out of gas during rush hour creates a special kind of anxiety — driving down the street thinking you have a full tank of gas when you don’t is just plain terrifying. It’s that situation that has led to a recall of more than 51,000 General Motors vehicles.

The company issued a recall of 51,640 SUVs because of a possible inaccurate readings of fuel gauges, CNN reports.

Affected vehicles include model year 2014 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports [PDF] that a software issue could lead to faulty reading on both the high and low-end of the range by as much as one-quarter of a tank.

If the vehicle runs out of fuel without warning, it will cause the vehicle to stall and increase the risk of a crash.

To remedy the issue, GM says dealers will immediately begin reprogramming the software for free.

The recall is just the latest issue GM is facing after recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles worldwide for an ignition switch problem that has been connected to at least 13 deaths.

The company faces multiple probes related to that recall, including inquests into how long the company knew about the deadly issue before warning drivers. Consumers have already filed lawsuits against the company for its actions related to releasing the vehicles although issue were known.

GM recalls SUVs for inaccurate fuel gauges [CNN]