Over the past year, General Motors has recalled a number of popular vehicles.
The latest large-scale recall involves 1.4 million vehicles, including
Chevrolet, Pontiac, and Buick models.
While most of the cars impacted were previously recalled, GM says that
they still pose a risk of fire. According to the recall notice, hard braking
may cause drops of oil to leak on the hot exhaust manifold, which can
result in engine compartment fires. This is the third recall to fix the
issue since 2007.
CNN reports, the defect impacts vehicles from 1997 to 2004 model years, including:
- 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala
- 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
- 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1997-2004 Buick Regal
In one of the prior recall notices, GM strongly advised owners "to
not park your vehicle in a garage, car port or other structure."
In 85 percent of the incidents reported, the engine fires took place when
the vehicle was turned off. However, 19 minor injuries have been linked
to the defect over the last six years.
GM reports that 1,345 of the vehicle fires occurred after dealers installed
the previous fix. Accordingly, if your vehicle was part of the first recall,
you will need to take it into the dealer again.
It is also important to note that some of the impacted models are no longer
being manufactured, and GM has actually discontinued two brands. Nonetheless,
GM is still obligated to repair the defect. Owners of impacted Oldsmobile
and Pontiac cars can visit any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac dealership
for the repair.