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GM Recalls 1.41 Million Vehicles

— November 4, 2015

GM has issued a recall of over 1 million vehicles due to engine compartment fires. The vehicles are all over 10 years old and the defect has caused roughly 1,200 fires and 19 minor injuries thus far. The automaker is still developing a fix for the defect and will provide the repair at no charge when it’s available. In the meantime, GM suggests parking the vehicles, if possible.

General Motors is facing yet another recall. This one involves vehicles that are all over ten years old. The defect behind the recall has caused roughly 1,200 engine fires. In an effort to finally eliminate the problem that has plagued it for years, GM recalls 1.41 million vehicles.

The models affected range from model year 1997 to 2004, but also include 1M vehicles that were previously recalled for this defect in 2007 and 2009. The automaker advises owners to park the vehicles in question until they can get the free repairs.

Models recalled are the 3.8-liter, six-cylinder, 3800-engine:

  • Pontiac Grand Prix, 1997-2004
  • Chevrolet Impala, 2000-2004
  • Chevrolet Lumina, 1998-1999
  • Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-2004
  • Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1998-1999
  • Buick Regal, 1997-2004

It’s important to note that GM has discontinued the Grand Prix, Lumina, Monte Carlo and Intrigue. The Regal and Impala have been completely redesigned, eliminating the defect.

GM reports at least 19 “minor injuries” since the last recall for this issue. The new recall affects 1.28M coupes and sedans in the U.S. The remaining vehicles are in foreign markets.


The defect causes engine fires when “drops of oil [are] deposited on the hot exhaust manifold through hard braking, which can [then] cause engine compartment fires,” according to GM spokesperson Alan Adler. The automaker is still developing a solution for the problem that, again, will be implemented at no cost to owners when it’s available.

Adler added that it’s too soon to determine whether this recall will have any impact on the company’s quarter four earnings performance.


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