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GM recalls 36,000 vehicles over tire problem

GM recalls Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover SUVs because of flaw in tire-monitoring system. Crossovers subject to the GM recalls were built this year between July 18 and Sept. 6.

By Associated Press / October 27, 2011

GM recalls 36,000 Chevrolet Equinox (pictured here) and GMC Terrain crossover SUVs from model year 2012 because the tire-monitoring system isn't alerting drivers when their tires are 25 percent underinflated.

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General Motors is recalling more than 36,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain crossover SUVs to fix tire pressure monitors that don't work right.

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The company says the systems in the 2012 vehicles should warn drivers when tire pressure drops 25 percent below the recommended pressure. But in the recalled vehicles, the warning light doesn't come on until the tire pressure falls more than 25 percent.

Federal safety regulators say underinflated tires can overheat. That could lead to a blowout and a crash. But GM says it knows of no crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

The GM recalls only involve vehicles built between July 18 and Sept. 6 of 2011. Dealers will update a computer that controls the monitors free of charge.