General Motors is planning to recall as much as 1.4 million cars. Some of the said vehicles have already been previously recalled, but these affected vehicles continue to be at risk of catching fire. A Safety Recall Report was filed for some of the recalled vehicles as recently as May of this year.
The scale of the recall is extensive as the vehicle model years span all the way back from 1997 to 2004. In fact, General Motors have stopped selling some of the brands included in the recall. Nonetheless, the recent recall is necessary. CNN Money reports that there are at least 19 minor injuries associated with the recalled vehicles.
The current recall includes the 1997 to 2004 models of the Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000 to 2004 models of the Chevrolet Impala, 1998 to 1999 models of the Chevrolet Lumina, 1998 to 2004 models of the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998 to 1999 models of the Oldsmobile Intrigue and 1997 to 2004 models of the Buick Regal. All affected vehicles are using a 3.8L V6 engine.
General Motors says that the during hard braking, it is possible for engine oil drops to get deposited into the exhaust manifold. This is because valve cover gasket may already be old or show signs of wear and therefore, it can allow for oil to seep past the gasket and into the exhaust manifold. Should this happen and a hot surface ignition source is available, the vehicle’s engine compartment can suddenly catch fire. And when the flame ignites the vehicles’ plastic spark plug wire retainer, the fire can also spread to other engine components.
Earlier this year, a recall involving 50,958 2004 models of Buick Regal, Chevrolet Impala, Chevrolet Monte Carlo and Pontiac Grand Prix was issued due to this issue. As much as 199 complaints were associated with the said vehicles. General Motors said it previously issued recalls regarding this issue back in March 2008 and April 2009.
Of the vehicles recalled earlier this year, General Motors reported that 398 vehicles have been remedied as of July 28. However, 2 were said to be unreachable.