Chevrolet and Buick Sedans and GM SUVs Recalled for Fire Risk, Power Loss

Some Ford and Lincoln SUVs need a fix as well

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GM is recalling 194,105 cars and SUVs to fix a faulty part that can cause the vehicles to lose power while moving, or even catch fire. The majority of recalled vehicles are 2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2018 and 2019 Buick Lacrosse vehicles, but some SUVs are also being recalled in very small numbers.

According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an oil leak may cause the vehicles included in the recall to lose propulsion while driving or catch fire. There have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the recall condition, NHTSA says.

The problem is caused by missing or loose bolts on a part called the accumulator. It’s part of the auto start-stop system, which shuts off the engine while the vehicle is idling to save fuel and to lower emissions. Because of a software error at a supplier’s factory, some accumulators left the factory with bolts loose or missing. Testing conducted by GM and the supplier showed that the missing or loose bolts may lead to a transmission oil leak.

Accumulators made by the same supplier were installed on fewer than 200 Ford and Lincoln SUVs and vans as well, and those vehicles were included in an earlier recall. The supplier, Borg-Warner, has since updated its software so that the parts are manufactured properly.

Dealers will inspect the accumulators for missing or loose bolts and replace them if necessary, free of charge.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled
• 122,980 Chevy Cruze sedans and hatchbacks manufactured between Jan. 16, 2018, and March 26, 2019
• 67,853 Chevrolet Malibu sedans manufactured between Jan. 26, 2018, and Sept. 20, 2018
• 3,071 Buick LaCrosse sedans manufactured between Jan. 11, 2018, and Jan. 24, 2019
• 62 Chevy Equinox SUVs manufactured between March 21, 2018, and March 4, 2020
• 43 GMC Terrain SUVs manufactured between March 4, 2018, and Jan. 31, 2020
• 39 Chevrolet Traverse SUVs manufactured between April 9, 2018 and July 18, 2020
• 17 Chevrolet Blazer SUVs manufactured between Jan. 21, 2019 and Dec. 14, 2019
• 16 Buick Enclave SUVs manufactured between Aug. 17, 2018, and July 7, 2020
• Nine Cadillac XT6 SUVs manufactured between July 1, 2019 and Dec. 21, 2019
• Seven Cadillac XT4 SUVs manufactured between Oct. 23, 2018 and Nov. 8, 2019
• Six GMC Acadia SUVs manufactured between March 8, 2019, and Feb. 6, 2019
• Two Buick Encore SUVs manufactured between Feb. 12, 2019, and Jan. 7, 2020

An estimated 165 Ford and Lincoln vehicles were included in a separate recall for a similar problem. These vehicles include 2019 and 2020 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX SUVs and Ford Transit Connect vans, and 2020 Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair SUVs.

The problem: A transmission oil leak may occur due to missing bolts on a vehicle component. If this happens, a vehicle may lose propulsion while in motion, or oil may leak and possibly catch fire in the presence of an ignition source.

The fix: Dealers will inspect the accumulators for missing or loose bolts and replace them if necessary, free of charge. The GM recall is expected to begin Dec. 20, 2020. The Ford recall has already begun.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020, Buick Customer service at 866-608-8080, GMC customer service at 888-988-7267, Cadillac customer service at 800-458-8006, or Ford/Lincoln customer service at 866-436-7332.

NHTSA campaign number: For GM vehicles, the campaign number is 20V668. For Ford and Lincoln vehicles, the campaign number is 20V550.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.