General Motors is recalling 10,000 vans that the company says could short circuit and catch fire.
The company says it is not aware of any accidents or injuries caused by the defect. Still, GM is also advising owners to park outdoors in the meantime.
“In certain circumstances, anti-rotation tabs on the positive battery cable terminals may come into contact with a fuse block assembly attachment post, causing a short circuit,” GM said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A short-circuit of a positive battery cable to a fuse attachment post can cause battery drain or may lead to an underhood fire.”
The recall covers some 8,000 2021 Chevrolet Express and more than 2,000 2021 GMC Savana vehicles, according to the Detroit Free Press. The recalled vehicles are equipped with 6.6-liter gas engines built on or prior to December 7, 2020.
GM said it will start notifying the owners of recalled vehicles on May 3. Owners will be asked to bring their vans to a local dealer for a fix. The company will remove “a portion of the anti-rotation tab on both positive battery cable terminals near the engine compartment fuse block assembly attachments.”
Legal Rights for Defective Car Owners
This is not GM’s first dance with recalling cars over defects that could cause fires.
The company announced late last year that it was recalling a wide range of Chevy Bolt electric vehicles because of a battery defect that could cause them to catch fire. GM said the same month that it was calling back nearly 200,000 vehicles - mostly Chevy Cruze, Malibu Buick Lacrosse models - over a faulty part that could cause the cars to stall or even go up in flames.
GM is not alone. Carmakers around the world recall millions of vehicles every year because of a wide range of serious defects that pose safety hazards for everyone on the road.
There is some good news for car owners and lessors in California. The state’s lemon law requires car manufacturers to repair vehicles while they are under warranty and to buy back vehicles that the company is unable or unwilling to fix.
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