March 27th, 2010
08:50 AM ET

GM announces van recall

General Motors is recalling 5,000 heavy-duty vans due to a risk of engine fire.

The safety recall, announced Friday, involves Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana passenger and cargo vans. It calls for a halt in the 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, which were 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," a statement from GM said.

"Relatively few" of the vans were "in retail customer possession," the automaker said.

"About 1,300 are in rental and other fleets, and 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."

GM spokesman Alan Adler said there have been no accidents or injuries reported in connection with the recalled vans.

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  1. Kenny

    The way to handle a recall? I have had GM products my entire life. I had a 1998 Chevrolet 1-ton dually that the motor fried with 28000 miles on it. They (GM) called it "The kiss of death motor" due to design flaws. GM did replace it, but they also told me that there was no formal recall on it, as they were warranted for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and most people would likely surpass the miles before the time was up.After it was repaired by a GM dealer, I tried to trade it and they refused to. Why? "We don't want that truck with that won't sell". Also have a 2001 Silverado with anti-lock brake issues. Seems there was a recall with this one, but I never was contacted. I heard about it on the news. The brakes worked fine at speed, but on slow speed stops they would pulsate and not stop. Can't remember how many wrecks this almost caused, not to mention a hole in my garage wall. GM's fix? Clean the brake sensor and smear grease on it! I still have issues with this even after getting it "fixed", so I pulled the fuse. I don't have cruise control, but at least I can stop. Bought a used Honda Accord and have no issues with this at all.

    March 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Of course they were able to report it quickly. They are used to recalling their cars. Probably have a recall notice as part of their bill of materials for each car.

    March 27, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jim

    Another supplier product giving one of the big three a bad name.

    March 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JCK995

    No coverup no blaming its vendors just we will fix it and now. It truly is a New GM and one that I will buy my next car from. American Cars have come a long way and I must say Im impressed. Way to go GM!!!!

    March 27, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Russell

    LOL Jerry!

    Governments Motors, AKA GM seems to be having issues it seems but honestly you can't build millions of cars and never had issues with them but I still would not touch a GM for anything and I cannot wait to see what their stock will be like when it comes out, again.

    March 27, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimh77

    The faulty alternators most likely came from China. All "Americanized" cars are "Assembled
    in the US, but 90% of all components come from China or Mexico. There will always be recalls until such time as all MFG'G come back to our shores.

    March 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dean

    Gm is doing what all responsible companies should do. Recall a possible defective product BEFORE someone dies or is seriously injured. All on here need to put your personel feelings about toyota or gm aside. Safety is the first matter of concern, In my opinion, no one makes a decent reliable car any more. Cheap made parts just aren't going to hold up like parts used on vehicles made 40 years ago. American or foreign, it just doesn't matter.

    March 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    There is a difference between announcing a recall, which everyone does, and which almost no one is blaming Toyota for; and hiding known safety issues while bragging about how much money you are saving the company, which Toyota did specifically. If Toyota had come out with a recall when they first heard about their problems, like almost every manufacture does, they would not be in this problem.

    There is a big difference between the part in question being installed less than two months ago, and a recall being issued now, and having a known safety issue for years.

    March 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dave in CT

    "GM is horrible anyways i cant stand my tax money went to them, that makes me sick" by Good.

    Hey good, your Tax money went to GM in order to Help the company stay alive, therefor keeping all those American people EMPLOYED. Im sure you would have appreciated it if your Company was in the same situation GM was and the Government helped out and in turn keeping you Gainfully Employed.

    General Motors has a Long reputation of building good trustworthy vehicles. My parents have always Owned GM Made vehicles. First car I can remember my mother having was an 87 Chevy Monte-Carlo. Thing was build rather well, Very strong, good american Car. Went over a year with her trying to kill it, no oil, nothing driving over 100 miles a Day round trip and kept running. My father had a 82 Chevy S-10, Blew a piston and the truck still ran strong. My mother bought a 97 Dodge Intrepid, Did all the routine maintenance, Oil Changes, Tune ups and all. Yet went through 3 Transmissions, Fault of Chrysler/Dodge. My first car was a 2004 Chevy Impala. I drove it for over 4 and a half years. Bought it brand new off the Showroom floor, had 36 miles on it. I traded it in when it had about 130,000 miles on it, and it still ran like new, managed 32mpg highway, Looked new inside and Out. I will always trust GM. No matter what kind of car you buy now, whether its a GM Manufactured vehicle, Chrysler/Dodge, Toyota, Honda, or even a Mercedes or BMW. A car will last a Long time with proper maintenance. GM is not a horrible company, neither is Toyota or any other brand. Every Vehicle manufacturer will have Recalls at one time or another. Just happens Toyota is having multiple at the moment that Happen to be caught in Main stream media.

    March 27, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. b s

    Yes, all car companies (at some point) have recalls. Think about the massive amount of design and the sheer number of parts in a vehicle; humans seem to do a pretty good job. The problem is when a manufacturer hides / disguises / lies about safety issues. Look back at the early 90s and GM did that with wiper motor delay circuit boards. It appears that Toyota has now been caught. We do not need congressional hearings into every recall; that is rediculous.

    March 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    If there are recalls due to faulty car parts I would sure like to know where these parts were made! Seems not all the information about these recalls goes out to the public, an issue with the news services?

    March 27, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Me

    GM uses a lot of alternators from Denso, and Denso is a company owned by Toyota(dont believe it do a search on Denso). Something is causing a short inside the alternator. This is a supplier issue, GM did not design a bad part or cause the problem, and GM is making sure it gets fixed.

    March 28, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. ront

    just more prove of what i have been sayong for months. there is not much difference in car makers.

    March 28, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jinks

    This is seriuos – we has 5 trucks burn over the weekend due to this recall. One caught fire and the others were beside it and they burt as well!

    March 29, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. For Waht It's Worth

    The alternator in question does not come from a foreign source. GM has done the right thing. It also makes it easier for them to do "the right thing" since so few vehicles are involved. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the government ownership of GM. Will there be another layer of accountability than normal to the government with this? Will someone's job really be on the line this time? In the past those involved iin GM recall issues remianed unscathed. Interesting to watch.

    March 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
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