General Motors has a temporary solution for vehicles that might catch on fire: Don’t park them in your garage.
The company has recalled 1.4 million vehicles that are at risk of having oil drip down onto the manifold in their engine, causing a fire to start.
GM already recalled the vehicles once, but 1,345 of the cars that were repaired in those earlier recalls subsequently caught fire anyway.
GM has admitted that it hasn’t figured out a fix at this time and they don’t have a timetable for a permanent solution.
The vehicle manufacturer says 85% of the fires occur when the cars are parked and unattended. In response, it told federal safety regulators that it will advise owners not to park in a garage.
The company has received 19 reports of minor injuries in the past six years. No crashes or serious injuries have been reported.
The recalled cars are all older models, many of which are no longer manufactured by GM.
Here are the affected vehicles:
-1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix
-2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala
-1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina
-1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
-1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue
-1997-2004 Buick Regal