DETROIT – General Motors is recalling more than 10,000 full-size vans in the U.S. and Canada because the fuel filler pipes can rust, leak and cause fires.
The recall affects Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna vans from the 2003 and 2004 model years with left-side cargo doors. They were sold in 20 states, including Indiana and Ohio, where salt and chemicals are used to clear snow from roads.
GM said Tuesday salt and chemicals can get trapped in a conduit that covers the fuel filler pipe and cause corrosion. Gasoline may leak and cause a fire. The company said it doesn’t know of any fires or injuries from the problem.
GM dealers will fix the problem free. Dealers are expected to be notified in October when parts become available.
GM said in documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that owners already have been sent letters detailing special repair coverage for the problem. They know to take their vans to dealers if a leak develops.
The recall affects vans sold or registered in Washington, D.C., as well as the following states -- Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Owners with questions can call Chevrolet at (866) 694-6546 and GMC at (866) 996-9463.