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NHTSA RECALL 15V701 - Chevrolet, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac - Oil Drip Can Cause Fire


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Report Receipt Date: OCT 26, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V701000
Component(s): ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,003,556

Vehicle MakeModelModel Year(s)
  • BUICK REGAL1997-2004
  • CHEVROLET IMPALA2000-2004
  • CHEVROLET LUMINA1998-1999
  • CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO1998-2004
  • OLDSMOBILE INTRIGUE1998-1999
  • PONTIAC GRAND PRIX1997-2004
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC
SUMMARY:
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina and Oldsmobile Intrigue, 1997-2004 Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, and 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo vehicles. The affected vehicles were previously repaired under recalls 08V-118, 09V-116, and 15V-201 to address the possibility that engine oil may drip onto the hot exhaust manifold.
CONSEQUENCE:
Engine oil that drips onto the hot surface of the exhaust manifold may result in a fire.
REMEDY:
The remedy applied under recalls 08V-118, 09V-116, and 15V-201 did not adequately remove the safety risk. GM is finalizing an improved remedy. Vehicles that are covered by recalls 08V-118, 09V-116, or 15V-201 that have not yet received the original remedy will instead receive the improved remedy under the original recall number, once the improved remedy has been finalized. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Oldsmobile customer service at 1-800-442-6537 and Pontiac customer service at 1-800-458-8006. GM's number for this recall is 15757. Note: Until the improved remedy has been applied, owners are advised to park their vehicle outside since the fire risk exists even when the vehicle is unattended.
NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.