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GM recalls nearly 1.5 million cars for fire threat

General Motors launched a massive recall for a quick fix of close to 1.5 million cars that have a defect that may start an engine fire.

General Motors is recalling nearly 1.5 million midsize cars from the 1997-2003 model years have a defect that lets oil drip onto the exhaust manifold and flame up, potentially leading to an engine fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall includes 1997-2003 Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix, the 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue; the 1998-2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo; and the 2000-2003 Chevrolet Impala equipped with the naturally-aspirated (without a supercharger) 3.8-liter V6.

According to the recall notice, if the manifold is hot enough and the oil runs below the heat shield, it may ignite into a small flame and may spread to the plastic spark plug wire channel and beyond increasing the risk of an engine compartment fire.

Dealership technicians will remove the spark plug wire retention channel at the front of engine and install two new spark plug wire retainers. The quick fix is free.

(Source: GM Owner Center)

(Source: NHTSA recall notice)