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. Mary

    Sounds like they present a fire hazzard,if they have to be parked away from buildings and the battery cables should be disconnected.

    March 27, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. lucy

    So where ia the out-source company that made the alternators? China, perhaps.

    March 27, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Franky12

    It's funny thow this article is so brief but leaves you "dumbfoundedly" hanging with suspicion with the seemingly seriousness of the matter... Park vehicle away from other vehicles or buildings? Disconnect battery?.... Sounds like a job for a bomd disposal expert!

    March 27, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Allen

    WOW, I guess Obama and the UAW forgot to send their check to you this week..
    surprised you reported this!

    March 27, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  5. Terry of Gilbert

    Now that is the way to handle a recall, unlike Toyota trying to hide it or disclaim it. Way to go GM

    March 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james

    That's it! I want hearings into why these alternators were even put on the vans! GM vans could kill you - stop their sale NOW! Oh, wait - the government owns GM. I forgot. Silly me. Hearings - yeah, that's gonna happen.

    March 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Josefina Brown

    This is the second GM recall this month. When is the congressional inquiry begin?

    March 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. john5252

    It's a conspiracy by Toyota dealers to make their cars look safe again $$

    March 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jerry

    The good news...nearly all of the vans in question have been located on the dealers lots.

    March 27, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. harkin

    When Toyota moved their manufacturing here and some parts of Toyota in Japan made vehicle came from U.S ,it has been getting a lot of recalls.

    March 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George

    I don't believe it. The press is actually mentioning that other car makes than Toyota have safety defects. Who would have believe that after the last couple of weeks.

    Matter of fact, all car makers have problems.

    March 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. good

    gm is horrible anyways i cant stand my tax money went to them, that makes me sick

    March 27, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. denver morgan

    everybody has recalls

    March 27, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nick in DC

    Would somebody mind telling me what thie story has to do with politics? Seems to me this is a story about a company being responsible and upfront about a problem. The comparison to Toyota is valid, and makes GM look like a responsible organization where Toyota wasn't.

    March 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    Sounds like some employee where the alternators are made, may of crossed some wires. This could cause overheating causing a fire. Not GM's fault. Good thing the supplier is responsible for this recall.

    March 27, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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