1,791 GMC Savana and Chevy Express Vehicles Recalled Over Fire Hazard

Posted on June 4, 2013

A series of vehicles are being recalled because of their potential to spark a fire, but what makes this recall somewhat unique is the fact that it only affects those vehicles which come with a fuel system that operates off of natural gas.  Thus, if you own one of the vehicles, it’s imperative that you read on and heed the directives of the recall so that you and your fellow commuters are kept safe.

The recall was announced jointly by IMPCO Technologies’ Automotive Division, the company behind the natural gas system, and General Motors.  It affects 1,791 GMC Savana cargo vans and Chevy Express vehicles of the 2011 through 2013 model years.  Susceptible fuel systems would have been produced between February of 2011 and February of 2013.

The aforementioned fuel systems could experience corrosion in their fuel shut-off solenoid connector that attaches to the CNG tank. When this occurs, it could prompt a short that leads to overheating of the component.  If the overheating becomes sufficient, a fire could then break out and put the vehicle (and all those in it) at risk.

There is no indication yet as to when the recall is going to take place, but owners should hear from GM once it does.  When the vehicles are brought in to a dealer, the wiring will have to be rerouted and the fuel pump fuses and solenoid assemblies will need to be replaced.

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