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GM Recalls Midsize SUVs for Fifth Time In a Year

May 7, 2002 | AP

A federal agency said on Tuesday that General Motors Corp. will recall 65,000 of its popular mid-size sport utility vehicles to fix a fuel filter problem, the fifth recall involving the models in the past year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the new recall covered Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada SUVs built between September and November 2001. A fitting on the fuel filter can come loose, cutting off fuel to the engine and possibly causing a fuel leak.

The other recalls included one for a weak suspension piece in all three models, two for problems with four-wheel-drive systems in the Chevy and GMC models, and one on the Envoy for a technical violation of NHTSA rules.

The SUVs have been among the best-selling vehicles in the United States, and GM has sold 110,038 of them through the first four months of this year. The vehicles have helped profits at GM's North American vehicle business, which earned $625 million in the first quarter versus $120 million a year ago.

Gary Cowger, GM's president of North American operations, told analysts in March that GM was meeting its internal goals for improving quality and could surpass some of the major Japanese automakers in the J.D. Power quality survey due out later this month.

GM said there had been no reports of crashes or injuries related to the problem. Of the 65,000 vehicles, about 60,000 are in the United States.

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