GM recalling 1.4M cars; oil leaks can cause engine fires

DETROIT (AP) – For the third time in seven years, General Motors is recalling cars that can leak oil and catch fire, sometimes damaging garages and houses.

GM says it’s recalling the cars because repairs from the first two recalls didn’t work. The company says more than 1,300 cars caught fire after being fixed.

The latest recall announced Tuesday covers 1.4 million cars dating to the 1997 model year. Some are so old that GM no longer sells the brands.

GM reports at least 19 minor injuries from the blazes.

Tuesday’s recall includes the 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix and Buick Regal, the 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, the 1998 and 1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue, and the 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. All have 3.8-liter V6 engines.

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