GM Recalls 1.4M Older Cars to Fix Fire Risk Again

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

GM is recalling 1.4 million older cars dating as far back as 1997 to fix an issue that was supposed to be addressed in two previous recalls.

The affected cars are from the 1997 to 2004 model year, and can leak oil due to degraded valve cover gaskets and possibly catch fire. The leaking oil can fall onto the exhaust manifold under hard braking and catch fire. This is the third recall for this issue in seven years.

This recall affects mostly cars in North America an includes the following cars with 3.8-liter V6 engines: the 1997 to 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal, the 2000 to 2004 Chevrolet Impala, the 1998 and 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue, and the 1998 to 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

GM hasn’t come up for a fix for this issue yet, but it is in the process on contacting owners. To see if your car is affected, you can check here.

Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Oct 29, 2015

    What is going on at GM and why they can't seem to fix this recall permanently? Where do customers take their Olds and Pontiac, to the Chevy dealer?