General Motors Company is recalling 5,000 heavy-duty Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana passenger and cargo vans and halting production and sale of the trucks until a fix for a suspected faulty alternator can be determined.
Retail and fleet customers who purchased these vans, built in February and March this year, are being “urged to stop driving the vans, park them outside away from buildings and other vehicles and, if possible, disconnect both battery cables.”
GM says that few of the affected vans are in retail customer possession. About 1,300 are in rental and other fleets. A “Stop Sale” order was issued Friday, preventing the fleet-owned vans from being rented or those on dealer lots from being sold. Others are being held at dealerships or in ports before being exported.
Only the 2500 (three-quarter ton) and 3500 (one-ton) Series vans are affected. Light-duty (half-ton) Express and Savana vans use a different alternator. The light-duty vans are still being built and shipped from the plant in Wentzville, Mo. Typical production mix at the plant is about 60% percent heavy-duty models. (more…)