GM recalls almost 52,000 SUVs for engine software

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WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. is recalling 51,640 SUVs from the 2014 model year due to software that may not register fuel levels properly, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said.

NHTSA said software in the engine-control module in some Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia SUVs may not accurately read fuel levels, possibly resulting in empty tanks or stalled engines that could lead to crashes.

The software defect follows GM’s recall of 7 million vehicles last quarter, including 2.59 million small cars for faulty ignition switches that allowed keys to slip out of their “on” positions, cutting engine power and disabling air bags. Federal safety regulators, U.S. Congress and the Justice Department are investigating why it took the company more than a decade to recall the Chevrolet Cobalt and other vehicles linked to at least 13 deaths in accidents.

Since Feb. 13, when GM began recalling vehicles with those switches, the automaker has also had at least 10 recalls in the U.S. and Canada involving 4.1 million vehicles with unrelated flaws.

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