After a defect investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors has agreed to pay to repair the fuel gauges in several GM SUVs. Over time, the contacts in the fuel-level sensor could wear and cause an incorrect reading on the gas gauge.
The issue affects the 2005-2007 Buick Rainier, 2005-2006 Chevrolet SSR, 2005-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, 2005-2007 GMC Envoy, and 2005-2007 Saab 9-7. GM says 867,335 vehicles are potentially affected.
NHTSA first opened an investigation into this issue in April 2011 after receiving over 5000 reports of incorrect fuel level readings, which could lead drivers to inadvertently run out of fuel. There were 58 reported cases of engine stalling due to low fuel levels.
GM dealerships will notify owners that, if they have a problem with faulty fuel gauges, the sensor will be replaced and GM will pay half of the repair cost. The company also will reimburse owners who previously paid to have the issue repaired.
Sources: Detroit Free Press, NHTSA