GM pulls heavy-duty vans due to faulty alternator

DETROIT — General Motors Co. is recalling about 5,000 heavy-duty Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans because of a faulty alternator.

The automaker also halted sales of the vans Friday. It has also stopped production of them until it can fix the problem.

GM spokesman Alan Adler says there have been no injuries related to the recall.

Purchasers of the recalled vans, built in February and March, are urged to stop driving them and park them outside away from buildings and other vehicles.

It is rare for an automaker to halt sales because of a safety defect. GM's decision to stop sales of the vans comes two months after Toyota Motor Corp. halted sales of eight models because of faulty accelerator pedals.

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