Flawed Cable Causes Fire in 2020-2021 Chevy/GMC Vans
Recall affects 6.6L gas-powered, Heavy-Duty Express, and Savana vans.
What is it with General Motors' two heavy-duty vans and fire?
On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, the company announced it is recalling 10,154 2020 to 2021 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana models powered by 6.6L (gasoline) engines, due to anti-rotation tabs on the positive battery-cable terminals possibly coming into contact with a fuse-block attachment post.
According to the safety recall—NHTSA ID 21V-189—if a short circuit based on that contact occurs, drivers may receive a low-voltage warning, the battery can die, or a fire in the engine compartment could occur.
Defective rear climate control modules were the culprit in 2018. Their potential to overheat and short out when temperature was set for maximum heat or when the mode knob for the floor vent was at its highest setting led to a recall of more than 30,000 Chevy Express (3,062) and GMC Savana (27,227) vans that were built between 2016 and 2018.
In 2010, GM recalled 5,000 units built in February and March, and halted production and sale of all Express and Savanah 2500, 3500, and 4500s, when problematic alternators caused fires in those models.
In all instances, including the latest repeat of history, owners of the affected vans were urged to park outside and away from homes, structures, and other flammable materials such as vegetation, until the vehicles were repaired, for free, by a dealership.
Visit NHTSA.gov/recalls and enter the 17-digit vehicle identification number to see if a vehicle is under recall.
National Highway Traffic Safety Association