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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 27, 2015

Repair of engine compartment defect falls short; GM issues another recall affecting over 1.4M vehicles

By Pamela C. Maloney, J.D.

General Motors LLC recalled an estimated 1,283,340 model year 1997-2004 sedans and coupes sold in the United States because drops of oil may be deposited on the hot exhaust manifold through hard braking, which can cause engine compartment fires. The following vehicles with 3.8-liter V6 3800 engines are affected by the recall: 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina and 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue and 1997-2004 Buick Regal. These vehicles were the subject of prior recalls designed to address this same defect. GM reported that it is aware of post-repair fires in some vehicles and that there have been 19 reported minor injuries over the last six years. However, GM said it is not aware of any crashes or fatalities. In addition to the 1.2 million U.S. vehicles, the recall affects vehicles in Canada and Mexico, as well as other exports, bringing the total number of vehicles affected to1,411,332. GM is still finalizing a remedy (General Motors Statement, October 27, 2015).

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: General Motors LLC.

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