Automaker General Motors has recalled a whopping 217,000 cars and SUVs in the US and Canada over fears that the transmission oil can leak, causing the vehicles to stop moving or possibly catch fire.
The Chevy, GMC, Buick and Cadillac SUVs, and several other cars that fall under the General Motors banner, have been recalled to check on and alter a possible transmission oil leak that may lead to a loss of engine power, according to documents the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday. The leaks stem from an auto stop-start component that may have been installed with loose or missing bolts, and the leaking fluid can affect the transmission’s performance, and if it leaks onto a hot exhaust component, it could potentially cause a fire.
Among those that have been recalled are, versions of the 2018 through 2020 Chevrolet Equinox and Traverse, the GMC Terrain, the 2018 Chevrolet Malibu and 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Cruze and Buick LaCrosse, the 2019 through 2020 Buick Encore and Enclave, the Cadillac XT4, GMC Acadia, the Chevrolet Blazer, as well as the 2020 Cadillac XT6.
According to the filed document, the automaker has suggested that two bolts may be missing from the stop-start accumulator end cap, allowing the fluid to leak. This shortcoming may not only cause a lack of power unexpectedly but can also be a potential fire hazard This being said, the company has not reported a single incident of crashes, fires or injuries till now.
Once recalled, technicians at dealerships will install bolts on the start-stop accumulator upon inspection. The inspection will be centered around ensuring that the two bolts have been fitted into the vehicle, which, if they are, will not need any additional repairs, and owners will be sent on their way, with their cars. On the other hand, if the pair seems to be missing, repairmen will fit them immediately, and all of this work will be completed free of charge.
According to sources, General Motors will start mailing out notices to car owners and the recall will commence starting December 14th this year.