GM Recalls 53,000 Cobalt, Saturn Ion, Pontiac G5
The problem may lead to a fuel leakage, which in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a fire. In more cases, the car's performance and mileage will be affected by the leak.
"The plastic supply or the return port on the modular reservoir assembly may crack. If either of these ports develops a crack, fuel will leak from the area. If the crack becomes large enough, fuel may be observed dripping onto the ground and vehicle performance may be affected," the manufacturer says on the NHTSA website.
As with any recall, the repairs will be done free of charge by GM dealers and repair shops. The fuel pump module will be replaced entirely.
To get to the bottom of the problem, GM will extend coverage for the aforementioned vehicles, model year 2006, sold in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
The same precautionary measure will be taken for 2007 model years vehicles sold in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Even if GM has acknowledged there is a problem, no recall calendar has yet been established. Owners of the vehicles subject to the recall can call 1-800-630-2438 (Chevrolet), 1-800-972-8876 (Saturn) and 1-800-620-7668 (Pontiac).