Product safety alert: Engine fire risk prompted GM to recall heavy-duty vans

Legal News for Product Liability Attorneys. GM recalled around 5,000 vans due to an engine fire hazard.

Product liability lawyer alerts- Fire risks prompted recall of Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana heavy-duty vans.

Detroit, MI—General Motors Co. announced Friday, March 26, 2010, that it will be recalling approximately 5,000 heavy duty vans due to a fire risk associated with the vehicles’ engines. The product safety recall was prompted after it was discovered that defective alternators could pose a blaze hazard to those using the vehicles, according to information provided by AutomotiveWorld.com.

Reports concerning the GM recall stated 2500 and 3500 Series 2010 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans, manufactured in February and March 2010, may be subject to possible engine fire risks. Chevrolet Express vans with Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) ranging from A1129327 to A1142523, as well as GMC Savana vans with VIN numbers between A1128784 and A1901915, were affected by the recall.

Around 1,400 vehicles, in which AC Delco replacement alternators were installed, were also included in the recall. The model numbers of aftermarket parts included in the safety recall were listed as 15200110, 15288861, 15263859, and 15847291. Customers who replaced their heavy-duty vehicle’s alternator in February or March are advised to check if their van contains a potentially harmful alternator.

Until GM develops a fix for malfunctioning alternators, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) reportedly halted production and sale of the affected vehicles. In connection with the recall, a Stop Sale order was issued on March 26, 2010, which “prevents fleet-owned vans from being rented, and stops the sale of these vans by dealers”. Customers in possession of the heavy-duty vans are urged to cease use of the vehicles and park them away from buildings and other vehicles in an outdoor setting. GM van owners are also advised to unplug battery cables if possible.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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