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GM Recalls Vans for Engine Fires

Alternator is bad on Chevy Express and GMC Savana models.

by on Mar.29, 2010

A bad alternator is suspected in engine fires?

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…)

GM Recalls Chevy, Pontiac and Saturn Models for Engine Fires

The fuel pump can leak and ultimately cause fires.

by on Nov.02, 2009

Regional recalls are criticized for leaving defective cars on the road.

Regional recalls are criticized for leaving defective cars on the road.

General Motors Is Recalling 53,000 model year 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt And Saturn Ion vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Arizona And Nevada for potential engine fires.

It is also recalling 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5 And Saturn Ion cars originally sold in or currently registered in the states Of Arizona, California, Florida, and Nevada And Texas.

GM says that the plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly of the fuel pump 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. GM said in the presence of an ignition source, it could result in a fire.

Critics of such regional recalls maintain  that since a safety related defect exists, all existing vehicles should be repaired so that the relocation of the car and/or a subsequent owner change does not leave a dangerous condition on the road. (more…)