Stop Driving GMC Savana, Chevrolet Express: Fire Hazard
The alternator issue seems to be pretty serious, as it can cause a fire in the engine compartment. GM is advising (they use the "we are urging" phrase) all retail and fleet customers to stop driving the vans, park them outside away from buildings and other vehicles and, if possible, disconnect both battery cables.
Vehicles affected by the recall and stop sale fall are in the following ranges of Vehicle Identification Numbers (last eight digits shown):
- 2010 Chevrolet Express 2500/3500 - VIN from A1129327 to A1142523
- 2010 GMC Savana 2500/3500 - VIN from A1128784 to A1901915
“The Stop Sale and production halt are measures being taken to assure customer safety until we have a repair procedure,” said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of Safety and Interiors.
According to GM, about 1,400 AC Delco aftermarket parts also are affected by the recall. The affected part numbers are: 15200110; 15288861; 15263859 and 15847291.
"Customers who had a heavy duty alternator replaced in February or March in a 2005-2010 heavy-duty Express or Savana van or other 2005-2009 GM truck or SUV also are being urged to check their repair order receipts to determine if a suspect part was involved," GM says.
"If it was, or the part used is unknown, they are urged to stop driving their vehicles, park them away from buildings and other vehicles and, if possible, disconnect both battery cables."
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Our company van, 2006 GMC Savana Model Number 039119087 VIN Number 1GTGG29U761238250, caught fire in the owners driveway Friday July 16, 2010 and is completely destroyed. The house next door burnt as a direct result of the van catching on fire and the siding on the owner's, Mr. Daniel Gagne, house also sustained damage to the exterior. We are currently waiting for the preliminary police reports as to the cause of the fire.