GM Recalling 1.5M Vehicles Over Fire Risk
General Motors has announced that it will recall almost 1.5 million mid- and full-size Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac vehicles, because an engine oil leak problem could pose a fire risk.
The GM recall applies to the following vehicles, all of which have 3.8 liter V-6 engines: Buick Regal (1997-2003 models); Chevrolet Lumina (1998-2003 models), Monte Carlo (1998-2003 models) and Impala (1998-2003 models); Oldsmobile Intrigue (1998-99 models); and Pontiac Grand Prix (1997-2003 models).
According to a GM filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of these vehicles have a defect which could allow drops of engine oil to fall on the exhaust manifold during hard braking, and if the manifold is hot enough a small flame could ignite and cause a fire in the vehicle's engine compartment.
The recall is expected to begin in May, when owners of affected vehicles will be notified and dealers will begin making a free repair -- installation of new spark plug wire retainers -- that should remedy the problem. In the meantime, vehicle owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, Oldsmobile at 1-800-630-6537, and Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668, or visit the GM website: http:www.gmownercenter.com.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has the power to set vehicle safety standards and to require manufacturers to recall vehicles with known safety-related defects, meaning a problem with a vehicle or its equipment that 1) poses a danger to vehicle occupants ot other drivers and passengers, and 2) likely exists in vehicles or equipment of the same design or manufacture (i.e. a certain model year and make).
- Reuters: GM Recalls 1.5 Million Cars Due to Fire Risk
- Vehicle Defects and Recalls (FindLaw)
- Search Vehicles and Equipment: Recall Search | Safety Search (FindLaw)
- If You Have a Problem With a Recall Repair (FindLaw)
- NHTSA Office of Defects Investigation (NHTSA.gov)
- NHTSA Safety Recalls Database (NHTSA.gov)
- Personal Injuries from Dangerous or Defective Products (provided by Keogh Crispi, P.C.)
You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.