GM Announces Massive Recall for Vehicles with Elevated Fire Risk
General Motors (GM) is issuing a recall for 1.4 million older vehicles that are prone to leaking oil and catching on fire.
In previous related recalls, GM indicated that the fire risk is greatest in the five to 15 minutes after the engines were turned off. Officials recommended that owners park outside instead of in a garage to limit the threat of property damage.
The recalled vehicles are the 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal, the 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, the 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue, and the 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. All are equipped with 3.8-liter V6 engines.
This is the third time this specific recall has been enacted. The repair strategies in the previous efforts (in 2008 and 2009) were not successful.
In the affected vehicles, a valve cover gasket can degrade, which allows oil to slowly seep out. Oil can drop onto the exhaust manifold and catch fire.
GM has received 19 reports of minor injuries in relation to this defect.
GM has not yet determined a repair schedule. According to spokesman Alan Adler, the automaker will use state registration databases to contact owners.
Customers with questions about the recall can contact GM customer service at (877) 416-3954.