General Motors has recalled more than 10,000 vans due to a possible issue with a faulty engine that can potentially lead to a fire.
The GM car models being recalled are the following:
- Chevrolet Express – 2021 – with 6.6L gas engine
- GMC Savana – 2021 – with 6.6L gas engine
It is estimated that around 10,154 car units will be recalled in total. Out of this number, 7,891 are Chevrolet Express units while 2,263 are GMC Savana cars.
It was identified that only car units manufactured on or before December 7, 2020, will be recalled.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a safety recall report to General Motors, LLC in March 2021.
According to the recall notice, the positive battery cable can come in contact with a fuse attachment, which can lead to a short circuit.
The short circuit can potentially result in a battery drain or a possible fire in the vehicle’s underhood.
GM states that vehicles can encounter possible warning signs from the faulty engine, including low battery warnings or having a dead battery.
The company advises vehicle owners to park their cars in open areas or away from possible flammable structures to avoid fires.
General Motors declare that they have not received reports of any accidents or injuries due to the faulty engine. However, they have received four reports of fire due to the engine issue.
Faulty Engine Discovery
General Motors first found out about a possible issue with the engine in December 2020 when an employee discovered dead batteries on the affected car models.
Shortly after, GM found out that the issue was caused by the engine parts coming into contact that can lead to battery drainage.
The company received a report of a vehicle fire incident in January 2021. Upon investigation, they found out the issue was due to the faulty engine. Three other fire reports were found related to the issue.
The company found out that the affected engine components need to be replaced. They have issued the recall for the affected car units in March 2021.
Car owners can check if their unit is affected using the NHTSA’s website. From there, they can enter their 17 digit vehicle identification number (VIN).
Affected car owners are encouraged to visit their car dealers to fix the issue immediately. The repair is covered under warranty and is free of charge.
GM has started informing dealers of the issue on March 18, 2021. The company states that they will begin notifying affected customers on May 3, 2021.
Editor’s Note on GM Chevrolet Express & GMC Savana Recall:
This article is published to inform you of the latest car recall issued by General Motors due to a faulty engine that can possibly lead to a fire.
Case Name & No.: GM Chevrolet Express & GMC Savana Recall
Products/Services: General Motors Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles
Allegations: GM vehicles are being recalled due to possible fire risk from a faulty engine
What are your thoughts on this piece? Do you own one of the General Motors vehicles being recalled?
Please send us a message by clicking the ‘Contact Us’ button below. We’d love to hear back from you.
Suggested Article: GM Vortec Engine Lawsuit.