GM Announces Recall of Cadillacs with 4.9-Liter V8 Engines
GM Statement Regarding Owner Notification of Recall on 4.9-Liter V8 Engine for New Fueling Calibration DETROIT, Sept. 3 -- The following is a GM statement regarding owner notification of recall on 4.9-Liter V8 engine for new fueling calibration. The statement may be attributed to Kyle Johnson, Manager of Legal & Safety Issues for GM's Corporate Communications Staff: Starting today, September 3, 1996, General Motors began notifying owners of about 587,000 Cadillacs equipped with 4.9-liter V8 engines to bring these vehicles back to their dealer so that a new computer chip can be installed. This change, which will be made at no cost to consumers and at their convenience, allows the vehicles to emit lower levels of carbon monoxide, especially when the air conditioning system is on. Even before this change, these vehicles met all applicable emissions standards when tested according to the federal test procedure. The federal test procedure does not require air conditioning to be operated during an emissions test. When the government tested these engines with the air conditioning on, the engines emitted higher levels of carbon monoxide than expected by either the government or General Motors. General Motors has for several years worked with federal regulators to establish standards for A/C-on operation. This work, which began well before the government brought the 4.9-liter matter to our attention, will soon result in the adoption of new regulations addressing these conditions. General Motors provided substantial assistance to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in this effort by making available numerous vehicles for testing and allowing the use of GMs advanced emissions testing facilities. Although we do not believe these engines violated the Clean Air Act, we have voluntarily agreed to recall these vehicles for two primary reasons: to live up to our commitment to environmental responsibility, and to maintain the integrity of our flagship brand. We will continue to work with the EPA to resolve regulatory issues in order to achieve continued environmental progress.