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The federal government's National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) is looking into claims that the fuel gauges on many General Motors [NYSE: GM] sport-utility vehicles could be inaccurate.
"Consumers have reported incidents of inaccurate and random fuel level reading while
driving, resulting in the vehicle running out of fuel and causing vehicle stall with no
restart," stated NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) summary on the matter
The issue potentially affects 865,000 vehicles, including the 2005-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, and Saab 9-7X.
Overall, the federal agency has seen 668 complaints; in 58 of them, the vehicle had run completely out of gas and stalled, while the gauge showed that there was fuel remaining. Although there have been no injuries or fatalities yet attributed to the issue, the summary shows one crash—when a vehicle ran out of vehicle when exiting an Interstate and was rear-ended.
The investigation could lead to a recall after the federal agency (and GM) determine the scope and cause of the problem, and whether it's determined to be a safety issue.