Talk About a Recall: GM Vans

General Motors has announced a recall of “about 5,000” Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna passenger and cargo vans—the heavy-duty versions, the 2500 and 3500 Series vans—that were built at the Wentzville, MO, plant during February and March, 2010.

General Motors has announced a recall of “about 5,000” Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna passenger and cargo vans—the heavy-duty versions, the 2500 and 3500 Series vans—that were built at the Wentzville, MO, plant during February and March, 2010.

The concern is a “suspected faulty alternator” that could potentially cause an engine fire.

Customers “are being urged to stop driving the vans, park them outside away from building and other vehicles and, if possible, disconnect both battery cables.”

According to GM, “Typical production at the plant is about 60 percent heavy-duty models.”

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In February GM sold a total of 3,889 Express vans and 720 Savana vans. If we double that number—assuming that that’s a reflection of average production, even though March is not over, so we’re just doing some mathematical spitballing here—it comes to 9,218 units, and if we take 60% of that, we get to 5,530 units.

Which sort of leads us to think that “about 5,000” may be all of them.

All of which is to say that no one should underestimate the complexity of producing automotive products, nor should they simply think that whatever they drive—be it a van, car, truck—is anything but something that should be considered what it is: a powerful machine that is useful but no-less dangerous.

(We’re just hoping that this doesn’t interfere with some JIT parts deliveries we’re aware of from an Express.)