General Motors Recalls Nearly 200,000 Automobiles on Risk of Stalling and Fire

General Motors is recalling approximately 194,105 vehicles due to a defect that can cause the automobiles to lose power, and even catch fire, while moving. reports that the recalled models include “2018 and 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, 2018 Chevrolet Malibu, and 2018 and 2019 Buick Lacrosse vehicles.” Some other SUV models are also subject to recall in more limited quantities.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the defect affecting the vehicles can cause an oil leak that can then result in the vehicle stalling and sometimes catching fire. Despite the risk, as of now, there have been no reports of crashes stemming from the defect.

The Consumer Reports article notes that the cause of the defect is missing or loose bolts on the vehicle’s accumulators. The accumulators power down the vehicle’s engines while the vehicles are idling in order to save fuel.

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