A misrouted fuel line can touch the engine.
Buick will recall 189 examples of the 2016 Verano because of a problem that could cause the sedans to catch on fire. The affected models have the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and production dates from February 16, 2016, to May 12, 2016.
Workers at the fuel line supplier didn’t assemble the parts correctly, which misrouted the components over the engine. The fuel line can contact the powerplant on the affected sedans. This can cause it to wear prematurely and leak. Given the proximity to hot underhood parts, there’s a fire hazard.
A General Motors employee discovered the issue on June 20, 2016, when the person’s 2016 Verano had an engine fire. The worker reported the incident to GM’s Speak Up For Safety program. The automaker then began an investigation. They started by looking at 75 units of the 2016 Verano and found that 54 had misrouted fuel lines. GM’s data shows no reports of injuries from this problem. The employee’s report is the only known case of a fire.
Buick will begin the recall on August 18. Dealers will replace the fuel line assembly so that it won’t route over the engine anymore.
The Verano is also available with a 2.4-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 180 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque. However, the brand is clear that the fuel line issue doesn’t affect these models.