The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has started an investigation into over 850,000 General Motors SUV’s after receiving complaints of inaccurate fuel gauges. Of the 668 complaints received, 58 said that their vehicle ran out of fuel even though the fuel gauge said there was still fuel in the tank. The vehicles involved in this investigation include:
- 2005-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer
- 2005-2007 G.M.C. Envoy
- 2005-2007 Buick Rainier
- 2005-2007 Saab 9-7x
Saab is recalling almost 4,500 passenger cars over fuel pumps that could seize, resulting in the engine stalling. The recall will affect some 2010-2011, 9-3 sedans built between June to October of 2010. The problem is being blamed on pump components that may have been manufactured with incorrect specification. Owners will be notified of the recall in February where dealers will replace the pump free of charge. Owners can contact Saab at (800) 955-9007 .
As General Motors Co. continues to close down the Saab division of their company, starting with replacing their entire board, they are still putting pressure on bidders to make better offers.
This comes after negotiations between G.M. and the high-end Swedish automaker Koenigsegg failed. Beijing Automotive was one of Koenigsegg’s backers in the earlier Saab procurement plan, potentially contributing $200 million to $300 million toward the deal. Saab’s engineering expertise has always been admired by the Chinese automaker. Saab did come to an agreement with Beijing Automotive Industry Holdings to sell the rights to powertrain and tooling technology for some of their older models. Saab will also help Beijing Auto build its own car brands, using the Saab technology.
GM executives said on Monday that none of the bids received are meeting the financial requirement for a deal and said they were moving ahead with plans to close Saab. Saab spokes woman Gunilla Gustavs added today: “There is still the possibility that the negotiations on the bids will result in a decision to sell Saab in its entirety.” Luxembourg based investment firm Genii Capital and Dutch luxury carmaker Spyker Cars and a group of Swedish investors are expected to make better offers for Saab.