Recall Alert: 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana Vans

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Vehicles Affected: About 303,000 model-year 2009-2014 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds

The Problem: The vehicles do not comply with a head-impact requirement for unrestrained occupants; the resolution will require an overhaul of the passenger instrument panel material. GM announced the recall among a trio of separate actions stemming from a comprehensive internal safety review following the automaker's recent ignition-switch recall.

The Fix: Unsold vehicles have been placed on a stop delivery until a solution has been determined, at which time GM will notify customers, and dealers will fix the problem for free.

What Owners Should Do: Chevrolet owners can call 866-694-6546 and GMC owners can call 866-996-9463 for more info.

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GM Announces Three New Safety Recalls

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The Detroit News reports GM will recall 1.7 million cars for new safety issues. The lion's share comes from 1.3 million three-row crossovers, including some but not all Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and now-defunct Saturn Outlook SUVs from 2008 to 2013. Side airbags, front-center airbags (later models) and seat belt pretensioners may not deploy in those vehicles if drivers have ignored the illuminated service airbag warning light over time. GM will also recall 354,000 2009-14 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana full-size vans for instrument panels that don't meet safety standards to protect unbelted passengers, as well as 66,200 2013-14 Cadillac XTS sedans for brake-booster corrosion that could cause a fire.

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Of those cars, 1.48 million of the affected SUVs and vans are in the U.S.; it's unclear what portion of the XTS recalls are from here. GM CEO Mary Barra said the recall comes amid "an intense review of our internal processes" on safety. GM faces allegations that it knew about faulty ignition switches across six former nameplates that led to a dozen fatalities because of failed airbag deployments and the recall of 1.62 million cars worldwide. GM says no crashes or injuries are linked to today's recalls.

Our friends at the Detroit News have the full story. Click here to read more. We'll post more specifics as we get them.

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By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2013 Chevy Express, GMC Savana Vans

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GM is recalling 980 model-year 2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans due to a problem with the ignition system that could result in a rollaway accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects Express vans manufactured between Nov. 1 and Dec. 21, 2012, and Savana vans manufactured between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20, 2012. In these vehicles, it may be possible to remove the key from the ignition when the vehicle is running or the transmission is not in the Park position; this could allow the vehicle to roll away and result in a crash or pedestrian injury, NHTSA stated.

GM will begin notifying owners on Wednesday. Dealers will replace the ignition lock cylinder and the two associated keys for free. Chevrolet owners with questions can call 800-630-2438; GMC owners can call 866-996-9463. NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline (888-327-4236) can also provide more info.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 18, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 54,686 Model-Year 2013 GM SUVs and Trucks

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GM is recalling 54,686 model-year 2013 versions of several trucks and SUVs due to a faulty park lock cable, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles were built from Nov. 7 through Dec. 18, 2012, and include the 2013 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT; Chevrolet Avalanche, Express, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe; and GMC Savana, Sierra, Yukon and Yukon XL. Check your vehicle's build date on a sticker on the driver-side doorjamb.

In these vehicles, a fractured park lock cable or malformed steering-column components could allow drivers to shift from Park with the ignition key removed or the key in the Off position. This could cause the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of injury or accident.

GM will notify owners starting Jan. 17, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free. Owners with questions can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or GMC at 866-996-9463. NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline (888-327-4236) can also provide more info.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 4, 2013 | Comments (0)

Big Families Find Choices are Limited for Full-Size Vans

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Update 11/13/2012: Today, Ford unveiled its seven-passenger Transit Connect Wagon; this article has been updated to reflect the new information.

What do you do when your family gets really big—bigger than a minivan can handle? With more than five kids, your vehicle choices narrow so quickly your head will spin. There are options for families of eight or more, though they can be counted on just one hand. However, there's something to be said for only having a few choices because it limits analysis paralysis.

Ford is adding a player to the large-van market with its 2014 Transit Connect Wagon (photo above), which was first announced in September. The tall van features minivan-like sliding side doors and room for seven passengers. The Transit Connect Wagon looks more modern than Ford's current large family hauler, the E-Series Wagon, and will use a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder or an optional turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Ford expects it to get an EPA-rating of at least 30 mpg on the highway. The Transit will debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and is scheduled to be on lots in late 2013.

If your growing family is bursting the seams of your minivan or three-row crossover, there are several options on dealership lots now. Be warned: Most manufacturers don't offer a plethora of nice-to-have features on these large family vans, but like having privacy while in the bathroom, you knew you'd lose that once you started having a family.

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Recall Alert: 2003-04 Chevy Express, GMC Savana

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GM is recalling 9,389 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from the 2003-04 model years because the fuel filler pipe might corrode, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects Express and Savana vehicles that are equipped with a left-side cargo door and originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.

Water and road contaminants can become trapped in the conduit that covers the fuel filler pipe and may cause the pipe to corrode, NHTSA says. Significant corrosion could lead to a fuel leak, increasing the risk of a fire. If a fuel leak occurs, drivers may smell fuel, and the check engine light may illuminate on some vehicles.

GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a new fuel filler neck for free. Owners can call GM at 866-694-6546, GMC at 866-996-9463 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

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By Dave Lee | August 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012 Chevrolet Express and Suburban, 2012 GMC Savana and Yukon XL

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GM is recalling 6,159 model-year 2012 versions of the Chevrolet Express, Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Savana and GMC Yukon XL heavy-duty vans and SUVs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected vehicles use a faulty steering gear pitman shaft. It may not have been adequately hardened in the manufacturing process and could lead to a loss of steering. "There are no reports of crash, injury or property damage; component testing suggests that a fatigue failure due to this condition would not occur for at least five months in service for the most severe usage," NHTSA said in a statement.

GM will notify owners starting April 4, and dealers will replace the affected parts free of charge. Owners can call NHTSA's vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 for more info.

By Jennifer Geiger | March 26, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011 Chevrolet Express, GMC Savana

2011 Chevrolet ExpressGeneral Motors is recalling 7,593 2011 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana utility vans over an issue involving the rear brakes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Some vans may have been assembled improperly, allowing both the rear right brake hose and wheel speed sensor to come in contact with the tire or wheel rim during heavy suspension travel. If that condition exists, a hole could form in the brake hose, reducing the effectiveness of the rear brakes and in turn increasing braking distances.

Dealerships will inspect and secure the right rear brake hose, which is covered by GM’s new-car warranty. Owners can call NHTSA’s hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website for more information.

By Colin Bird | May 9, 2011 | Comments (0)

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