This week, General Motors announced a third recall involving at least 1.2 million older sedans and coupes prone to fires. Friday, General Motors went a step further and warned drivers of recalled vehicles, listed below, that while they are safe to drive, they should not park their vehicles in garages. The message comes via a statement on the NHTSA recall website.
The cars impacted in the recall and garage warning are as follows:
- 1997-2004 Buick Regal
- 2000-04 Chevrolet Impala
- 1998-99 Chevrolet Lumina
- 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 1998-99 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
GM says the vehicles have a defect that can cause the engine to catch fire. During hard braking, oil can drop onto the hot exhaust manifold, potentially causing engine compartment fires. GM says it is finalizing a remedy for this condition and customers will be notified when to bring their vehicle to a GM dealer for this repair.
The first two recalls for this problem came in 2008 and 2009, but despite those efforts, 1,345 cars caught fire after being fixed, GM said. The fires have led to 19 “minor injuries” since 2009, but GM is not aware of any deaths or crashes.
GM says later models of the impacted vehicles aren’t being recalled because it changed the way it made the valve cover after the 2004 model year, so those vehicles don’t have the same fire risk.