GM recalls 1.5 million vehicles over recall with carburetor valve issue
Gasoline and diesel models equipped with the recall-approved carburetors for the Ford Fusion and Chevrolet Tahoe are among the vehicles affected.
The vehicles will be recalled by General Motors, General Electric, Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor Co. GM, Ford, Toyota and Mazda have announced the recall on their website and in dealerships.
GM says it will recall vehicles in North America starting May 1.
The affected vehicles are equipped with a carburettor valve, a part of a Ford Fusion engine that operates to regulate the flow of air through the engine.
The carburetto valve was used on the Fusion and Tahoe from 2012 through 2019.
GM will recall 5.5 percent of the affected vehicles.
The company says there have been 634,000 crashes involving the carburetoer valve, according to an Associated Press analysis of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is investigating the incident.
The Associated Press is not naming the automaker because it is a private company.
GM spokesman Jim Cavanaugh said in an email that the company has conducted a thorough review of the carburestor valve and is committed to making sure the vehicle is safe for use.
The automaker has about 12,000 Fusion and 4,000 Tahoe models.
The recall comes as automakers are trying to rein in emissions and safety risks from climate change.
General Motors and Ford Motor Co., the nation’s two biggest automakers, are seeking to limit the spread of global warming by developing new fuel-efficient vehicles and other technology to cut emissions.
GM is trying to cut its emissions by more than 30 percent in 2020 from 1990 levels.
GM said it will spend $1.6 billion on an emissions-control system for the Fusion, a Chevy Tahoe and a Dodge Ram pickup.
The new technology includes a sensor that tracks the engine’s speed and pressure, and automatically lowers the carb and injector pressures in response to changes in temperature and pressure.
It is not clear if GM will install the sensor in all the affected cars.
In January, GM announced it was recalling 7 million vehicles worldwide for the ignition switch defect that could lead to fires or explosions.