GM recently recalled 1.4 million more cars after a prior recall failed to fix a fire hazard. This is the third recall for General Motors since 2007, all attempting to fix leaking oil that can catch fire.
Is Your Car Recalled?
The following makes and models are affected by GM recalls:
- 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
- 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala
- 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
- 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
- 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
- 1997-2004 Buick Regal
In all of the recalled vehicles, oil has leaked into a hot manifold in the engine, usually after hard braking. About 85% of the fires reported took place when the car was off and parked with no one around. Nineteen major injuries have been reported as a result of the problem. No one has been killed. Over 1,300 car fires are tied to the oil leaks.
The Solution For GM Recalls
GM has advised owners of these cars not to park them in a garage or other confined space until a fix can be created and installed on the cars. Unfortunately, no one at General Motors has devised a solution to the oil leak. Previous recalls and proposed fixes did not solve the problem
Owners of makes and models listed in the recall should visit recall.gm.com. At this site, drivers can enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if any open recall exists for their vehicle. If you have a car that caught fire, make sure to report it to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint.
If you see smoke coming from the hood of your car, take the following steps to ensure everyone’s safety:
- Evacuate the vehicle.
- Call 911.
- Move to a safe distance away from the vehicle.
- Don’t open the hood. Adding oxygen will stoke the fire.
If you or someone has been injured by a fire related to one of these cars, contact Barrios, Kingsdorf and Casteix right away. Our team of experienced attorneys can help you decide if filing an injury claim is your next step. Manufacturer negligence causes thousands of personal injuries each year in the United States. Call us today at (888) 711-0788 for more information.
Zachary L. Wool, a partner with Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, LLP, authored this Safety Alert.