General Motors is recalling vehicles again. This time, GM is recalling over 40,000 vehicles for a fuel leak defect which can lead to a fire hazard. The recall stems from defective plastic parts that may crack and lead to a fuel leak in warm-weather states. Specifically, the plastic parts connected to the fuel pump may wear and crack in these warmer climates. The obvious concern is that a large crack near the fuel pump can result in fuel leakage and a possible fire.
GM is recalling 2007-2009 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans and 2007 Chevrolet Equinox, 2007 Pontiac Torrent SUVs, and 2007 Saturn Ion sedans. This recall only concerns the previously-mentioned vehicles sold and the vehicles currently registered in Arizona, California, Florida, Nevada, and Texas. The recall also affects 2009 Cobalt and G5 owners in Arkansas and Oklahoma. According to GM, there have been no reports of fires or injuries related to the defect. However, there are multiple reports of fuel leaking from the affected vehicles due to the defective plastic parts.
GM is also stating that this defect is far more likely to manifest in warm-weather states and that it will repair the affected vehicles for free in those states. GM will be contacting owners via mail regarding the recall and the remedies. This recall comes on the heels of GM recalling nearly 500,000 vehicles for transmission defects which can cause the gear shifter to show the vehicle in park when it is really in gear.