Looks like the NHTSA investigation of the Chevrolet Express has turned into a full-blown recall. Some 9,000 of the full-size vans may have fuel filler pipes that are prone to excessive corrosion, which can lead to leaking. Fuel leaks, of course, lead to the possibility of fires.

The affected vehicles are all from the 2003 and 2004 model year, and include both the Chevy and its GMC Savana twin. But the catch is that the recall only applies to those vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the snow belt. General Motors will be notifying owners and dealers will replace those rusty fuel filler necks.

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Report Date : August 14, 2012 at 11:39 AM
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V388000
Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
CHEVROLET / EXPRESS 2003-2004
GMC / SAVANA 2003-2004
Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS LLC Mfr's Report Date: AUG 07, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V388000 NHTSA Action Number: PE11040
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
Potential Number of Units Affected: 9,389
Summary:
General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vehicles, equipped with a left side cargo door, and originally sold or currently registered in Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. Water and road contaminants may become trapped in the protective conduit that covers the fuel filler pipe and may cause the pipe to corrode.
Consequence:
Significant corrosion may allow fuel to leak during refueling, and in the presence of an ignition source; there is an increased risk of fire.
Remedy:
GM will notify owners, and dealers will install a new fuel filler neck, free of charge. GM has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact the Chevrolet owner center at 1-866-694-6546 and GMC at 1-866-996-9463.
Notes:
GM's campaign number is 12166. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      TNT
      • 1 Year Ago
      1-21-13 Monday 9:00pm Hello! We need to purchase a Gas Tank for our 2003 Chevy Express 1500 Conversion Van. Our mechanic cannot locate one. It needs to be a SIDE TANK WITH BARN DOORS ON THE LEFT SIDE Here is our info. 2003 Chevy Express 1500 Conversion Van VIN #: 1GBFG15T431107084 V8-325 5.3L Please let us know if you sell this and how much it costs. Teresa & Tom Myers 3362 Timucua Circle Orlando, FL 32837 407-851-8303 djtnt1991@att.net
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      Shoot the SOB in Value Engineering that changed the material specification for the filler pipe!! Or the supplier that cheated on the metallurgy. There's more to this than GM is telling....especially since filler pipes haven't 'corroded' before...
        Walt
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Please adjust your tinfoil hat. It's on a bit too tight.
        marilynn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        hi do you think this could lead to other problems in fuel tank example gas pump or gas tank we are having problems check eng light macanic says its maybe fuel pump because of codes
      FreeThinker
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Nuh-uh, can't be, only dem electric cars can set demselves on fire." /sarcasm
      Drakkon
      • 2 Years Ago
      The flaking paint gets stuck in the fuel system and causes a spill. I thought 'planned obsolesence' was a bankrupt idea but between Chevy and Sprinter, you better keep a can of Rustoleum behind the seat.
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rusty fuel fillers what GM car dosen't have one of those. My moms 2000 Park Ave was really bad. Sometimes the cap would not come off. Our 2005 Grand Am GT is starting to rust out.
      Radwon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cue the Toyota haters in 1...2...3
      Sharon Spivey
      • 9 Months Ago
      I find that every Savana Van I see on the road has a paint issue paint peeling off, have taken pictures and models from 2003 and 2004 are losing paint on the same areas..hoods back doors and roof...I also own 2004 find this too ironic..
      Melvin & Barbara
      • 1 Year Ago
      is there recall on 1500 express side door hinges
      marilynn
      • 1 Year Ago
      has anyone had further problems because of this recall in the fuel tank etc it took them 10 years to fix it could it have damaged gas tanks and gas pump in gas tank etc..
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      Seems like every car has a fire risk these days. Several years ago it was unintended acceleration risk from several manufacturers. Now it's fires. What next?
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