NHTSA investigating 865,000 GM SUVs for stalling because of inaccurate fuel gauges

2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS
2006 Chevrolet TrailBlazer SS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today that it has opened a preliminary investigation into 865,000 General Motors SUVs due to concerns over them stalling because of inaccurate fuel gauge readings. The NHTSA said on its website that the investigation covers the 2005-07 Chevrolet Trailblazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier and Saab 9-7.

The probe comes after consumers reported incidents of inaccurate and random fuel level readings while driving. In some instances, that resulted “in the vehicle running out of fuel and causing vehicle stall with no restart,” the agency said.

The NHTSA received 668 complaints on the issue, including 58 incidents that were reported to result in a vehicle stall. Of the 58 stalling situations, 43 complaints reported stalling because the fuel level reading indicated more fuel availability than what the tank actually had.

“We are cooperating with NHTSA,” GM spokesman Alan Adler said.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News