DETROIT – General Motors is recalling 1,283,340 older sedans and coupes in the U.S., including the 2000-’04 Chevrolet Impala, due to a risk of engine-compartment fires, the automaker told Edmunds.
All vehicles in the recall are equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine.
Other vehicles included in the recall are the 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, 1998-’99 Chevrolet Lumina, 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-’99 Oldsmobile Intrigue and 1997-2004 Buick Regal.
This is part of a larger global recall of 1.4 million GM vehicles and the third attempt to repair the defect.
“Drops of oil may be deposited on the hot exhaust manifold through hard braking, which can cause engine-compartment fires,” wrote GM spokesman Alan Adler in response to a query. “The company is aware of post-repair fires in some vehicles but no crashes or fatalities.”
There have been 19 reported minor injuries over the last six years, Adler said.
GM has not announced a recall remedy or a start date for the recall.
Owners can contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Pontiac customer service at 1-800-762-2737 and Oldsmobile customer service at 1-800-442-6537.
No information about this latest recall has been posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which oversees vehicle safety in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should contact their GM dealer once they receive their official recall notice. The dealers can help with any immediate concerns as well.