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GM to Recall 217,000 Vehicles over Transmission Fluid Leak

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General Motors (GM) is recalling more than 217,000 2018-to-2020 vehicles in North America due to a possible transmission fluid leak. The leak is caused by a component of the vehicle's start/stop system that may have been improperly installed.

More specifically, the transmission start/stop mechanism may not have been bolted down. As a result, the transmission fluid could leak and cause the transmission to shut down. If this happens, a loss of power at the wheel could occur, increasing the risk of collision.

In addition, if the fluid leaks on a hot component, it could potentially cause a fire. GM states that to date, it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this defect.

The problem affects models from all four of the automaker’s divisions.

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2020 Chevrolet Blazer
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2020 Chevrolet Blazer

For Chevrolet, the affected vehicles are: the 2018 Malibu, 2018-2019 Cruze, 2018-2020 Equinox, 2018-2020 Traverse and 2019-2020 Blazer.

At Buick, the 2018-2019 LaCrosse sedan is targeted, as are the 2019-2020 Encore and Enclave SUVs.

For GMC, the recall involves the 2018-2020 Terrain as well as the 2019-2020 Acadia.

Cadillac sees two of its products affected: the 2019-2020 XT4 and 2020 XT6.

The recall campaign is expected to begin in mid-December. General Motors will notify owners by mail and ask them to take their vehicle to a dealership to have the transmission's start/stop battery inspected. It will be replaced if any bolts are missing.

2020 Buick Enclave
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2020 Buick Enclave