DETROIT, Oct. 27 (UPI) -- General Motors has issued a recall for 1.41 million vehicles, some dating to 1997, to fix a defect that has caused more than 1,300 engine fires.
The recall will be the third attempt to correct a problem in which motor oil leaks onto hot exhaust manifolds during what GM terms "hard braking." The problem can cause fires to break out after the engine ignition is shut off.
Previous recalls in 2009 and 2011 failed to correct the problem. A 2009 recall letter to car owners advised them not to "park your vehicle in a garage, car port of other structure."
The defect is not responsible for any deaths or injuries, but GM said customers reported 19 "minor injuries" since the 2011 recall.
Owners of 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina, 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue and 1997-2004 Buick Regal models with a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine can visit any GM dealership for repairs. Several of these models -- the Grand Prix, Lumina, Monte Carlo and Intrigue -- have since been discontinued; the rest have been redesigned.