GM Issues Third Recall For Ongoing Fire Issue

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General Motors hopes the third time is the charm. The automaker is recalling 1.4 million older vehicles, all more than a decade old, in its third major attempt to fix a defect that’s caused about 1,200 engine fires resulting in over a dozen injuries.

Here are the cars being recalled, each with a 3.8-liter V-6 3800 engine under the hood.

  • 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

The problem is that during hard braking, oil can drop onto the hot exhaust manifold, and potentially cause a fire in the engine compartment, according to GM spokesman Alan Adler.

The previous two recalls for this problem came in 2008 and 2009, but despite those efforts, 1,345 cars caught fire after being fixed, Adler said. The fires have led to 19 “minor injuries” since 2009, but GM is not aware of any deaths or crashes.

“About 85 percent of the fires were unattended, meaning the car was likely turned off,” Adler wrote in an email to Automotive News.

It also appears that GM still doesn’t have a final fix, but that it is still in the process of trying to figure one out, according to Automotive News.

Most of the sedans and coupes in the latest recall are in the U.S. GM is recalling 1,283,340 cars in America, with the remaining 127,992 coming from Canada, Mexico and elsewhere.

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