GM Savanna and Chevy Express pose a fire hazard

by | May 21, 2021 | Firm News |

The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency officially announced that it recalled Model Year 2021 GMC Savanna and Chevrolet Express with 6.6-liter gas engines. The vans’ positive battery cable (the red one for the plus terminal) is prone to a short circuit, leading to vehicle fires in the engine compartment.

Be on the lookout

If the short circuit occurs, the driver will possibly see a low battery warning on their dashboard. Owners of these new cars should be on the lookout for that warning. Until the dealers make the repairs, the owners should make it a habit to park the vehicles outside (not in the garage or an enclosed area). It is also advisable to park the van away from homes, businesses, structures, or flammable materials like vegetation or fences.

The next step

It is currently too early to tell with this new recall, but there may be instances where the dealer will repeatedly replace the faulty wire. It could also lead to other complications that put the owner or vehicle occupants in danger. In cases such as these, state and federal lemon laws would apply. It may be necessary to get compensation for the additional expenses. In extreme cases, it may mean asking the dealer or manufacturer to replace the vehicle. The manufacturers and dealers will likely resist paying or replacing the vehicle, so owners may need additional help from a lemon law attorney to get better results.