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March 3, 2000

Generation I EV1 Electric Cars and  S-10 Electric Pickups Recalled for Fire Hazard

Troy, MI (SafetyAlerts) - General Motors (GM) announced today the voluntary safety recall of approximately 450 1997 Generation I EV1 electric cars and 440 Chevrolet S-10 Electric pickup trucks.

GM has identified a design issue with the charge port in the Generation I vehicles that may result in excessive heat build-up or fire while they are being charged. No injuries have been reported as a result of this condition.

GM representatives today are calling owners of affected vehicles and asking them to disconnect their cars from chargers and not drive them. GM will pick up the vehicle from a location of the customers choice and address their temporary transportation needs.

GM will work with each affected EV1 owner to settle their lease contract. Owners of the S-10 Electric pickup will be offered repairs to their vehicles or the opportunity to purchase, at a reduced cost, another GM vehicle, such as alternative fuel vehicles that can run on ethanol or compressed natural gas.

The recall involves only 1997 Generation I EV1s, which were leased to customers between December 1996 and August 1999. primarily in California and Arizona.  1999 Generation II EV1s are not affected by this recall action.

The Chevrolet S-I 0 Electric pickup truck was sold to fleet customers between May 1997 and December 1999 throughout the country.

Consumers with questions should call GMC at 1-800-462-8782 or Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020.

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
Frequently SafetyAlerts will list auto recalls before
your dealer will know about them. If you have a vehicle
affected by one of these posted recalls be sure and
write down the NHTSA 
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
check, ask them how they are notified of recalls and
when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

How many did you hear about?

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