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General Motors recalls 1.4 million pre-2005 models due to fire risk

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General Motors has announced a recall on 1.4 million vehicles from the 1997-2004 model years because they may leak oil and develop a fire, according to The Detroit News. Affected models, all equipped with a 3.8L 3800 V6 engine, include: 

  • Pontiac Grand Prix (1997-2004);
  • Chevroelt Impala (2002-2004);
  • Chevrolet Lumina (1998-1999);
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo (1998-2004);
  • Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998-1999);
  • Buick Regal (1997-2004).

The automaker said “drops of oil may be deposited on the hot exhaust manifold through hard braking, which can cause engine compartment fires.” GM is aware of post-repair fires in some vehicles but no crashes or fatalities. There have been 19 reported minor injuries over the last six years, a spokesman confirmed.

This marks the fourth time since 2008 GM has recalled vehicles for the issue.