As Automotive News reports the recall is being initiated by SAIC-GM itself and monitored by the Chinese government’s State Administration for Market Regulation, which is also providing details of the recall.
The affected fuel pump control modules were incorrectly moisture-proofed, an issue that can potentially lead to water seeping into the module over time. Condensation, water vapor, or water intrusion inside the module can possibly cause it to function improperly. The defect could even lead to loss of power while driving.
The report does not indicate how severe the loss of power is or whether it could significantly increase the risk of accidents in affected vehicles. SAIC-GM filed the recall with the State Administration for Market Regulation on November 10th, with 611,260 Buick vehicles, 327,006 Cadillac vehicles, and 195,819 Chevrolet vehicles affected.
All of the vehicles which may have the defective fuel pump control module were produced between September 2019 and July 2023. SAIC-GM issued a similar recall for defective fuel pump control modules back in June, though that recall was limited specifically to the Chevy Equinox crossover.
The Chevy Equinox vehicles involved in the earlier recall were produced between August 2020 and December 2022, once again per State Administration for Market Regulation data. In total, 74,295 units of the Equinox were covered by this more limited recall.
Meanwhile, SAIC-GM sales fell 17.2 percent in the third quarter (Q3) of 2023, declining to 246,130 vehicles. Chevrolet sales were weakest, falling by 20.3 percent. This was part of an overall 14 percent sales slump for all GM automotive brands during the quarter.
However, SAIC-GM EV sales continue to surge, reaching 10,002 units in September. This figure represents 168 percent year-over-year and 24.8 percent month-over-month sales growth for all-electric models. The big winners in the electric arena were the all-new Buick Electra E5 and the compact Buick Velite 6 EV.