1). Vehicles Affected: More than 3,000 GM full-size cargo vans from the 2011-14 model years that run on compressed natural gas, including Chevrolet Express vans manufactured between Sept. 10, 2010, and April 28, 2014, and GMC Savanna CNG vans manufactured between May 23, 2011, and April 21, 2014.
The Problem: The vans may leak natural gas from the CNG high-pressure regulator, which in the presence of an ignition source increases the risk of a fire or an explosion.
The Fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the high-pressure regulator for free. The automaker has not yet announced a notification schedule.
What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 or GMC at 800-462-8782 for more info. They can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov.
2). General Motors is recalling some Cadillac and Impala cars.
The GM recall may affect 132,921 vehicles, including 2013 to 2015 Cadillac XTS models made from Feb. 14, 2012, to Aug. 22, 2014, and 2014 to 2015 Chevrolet Impalas made from Jan. 15, 2013, to Aug. 22, 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a Sept. 19 statement posted on its website.
If the electronic parking brake piston actuation arm doesn’t fully retract in these cars, the brake pads may be partially engaged, creating excessive brake heat that may cause a fire, the agency said.
GM will notify owners and dealers will update the brake software for free. The callback, expected to begin this month, comes after GM’s ignition-switch recall in February expanded to about 2.59 million cars, including the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. The automaker has attracted regulatory scrutiny for being slow to call back small cars with ignition flaws.