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Recall Alert: GM Cites Potential Fire Hazard in 1.5 Million Sedans

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Clearly, this is not GM's week. Yesterday, everyone was talking about the company's nearly inevitable "surgical bankruptcy". Today, everyone's talking about a mechanical problem that could start engine fires in about 1.5 million GM sedans.

At fault is a leak that could allow oil to drip onto the exhaust manifold during braking. If that happens, some of the oil could combust and set fire to the plastic spark plug wiring. To put it in technical terms, that is not a good thing.

Getting news from GM seems impossible at this point--the company's online Owners Center has crashed (no pun intended)--but we know that the recall involves these vehicles:

  • 1997-2003 Buick Regals
  • 1998-2003 Chevrolet Luminas, Monte Carlos and Impalas
  • 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigues
  • 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix

If you own one of these, you should get a notice from GM within the month. Sit tight.

Oh, and as if all that weren't bad enough? It's only Tuesday.

[sources: CNN and presumably the GM Owners Center]

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Comments (2)
  1. "Big Deal"

    Automotive News says:
    As of May 1, 2008, GM had reported one accident with an injury, and three total incidents, related to the defects, according to government documents. No fatalities have been reported.
    Three incidents -- 1.5 million vehicles -- over 10 years.
    It would seem that this is probably a voluntary recall and more of a commitment to quality than an indication of bad quality. Probably a lawyer somewhere trying to make a name for himself with a trillion dollar class action lawsuit....
    Post Reply
    Bad stuff?

  2. "Agreed, but..."

    ...GM doesn't really need its name in the headlines right now--at least not right next to the word "recall".
    Post Reply
    Bad stuff?


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