Fire Risk from Damaged Wires Under Seat
Body, Interior & Misc., April 17, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
Certain 2013 GMC and Chevrolet van conversions may have a wiring concern with the power seats that could result in an electrical fire.
What Should You Do?
The Explorer Van Company will begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles on May, 17, 2013. If you notice any problems and/or burning smell related to your power seats, contact your dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call. The Explorer Van Company recall number is 2013-1.
Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans are used by the Explorer Van Company as the base vehicle for some of their van conversions. Certain Explorer vans are being recalled because the wiring under the power seats may not have been properly secured during vehicle conversion. The wires can be damaged by the seat mechanism resulting in an electrical short and possibly a fire. Dealers will inspect and replace any seat wire harness found to be damaged. If the harness is not damaged, it will be secured to prevent future damage.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
April 17, 2013
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM , SEATS
Potential Number of Units Affected:
Explorer Van Company, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2013 Explorer and Explorer Limited SE vehicles built on GMC Savana and Chevrolet Express chassis, manufactured August 1, 2012, through April 9, 2013. The wiring harness that powers the seat adjuster and the seat heating circuit may not be properly secured. As a result, the harness may become lodged in the seat riser mechanism.
If the wires become lodged in the seat riser mechanism, they may become severed and potentially short circuit. A short circuit may result in a fire.
Explorer Van Company will notify owners, and dealers will secure the seat wiring harness. Any damaged seat wiring harnesses will be replaced. These services will be completed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 17, 2013. Customers may contact Explorer Van Company at 1-574-267-7666. Explorer's number for this campaign is 2013-1.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration