Posted On: May 5, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

GM Recalls 1.5 Million Vehicles for Engine Defects

General Motors Corp. is recalling 1.5 million vehicles because of potential engine fires, according to an Associated Press news report. The recall includes the 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue; the 1997-2003 Pontiac Grand Prix; 1997-2003 Buick Regal; and the 1998-2003 Chevy Lumina, Monte Carlo and Impala. So far there have been no known cases of engine fires. The auto product liability defect involves vehicles with a 3.8-liter V6 engine. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drops of oil could fall into the exhaust system and cause a fire in the engine.

Auto product defects are responsible for a number of traffic accidents and collisions. When a vehicle malfunctions because of a mechanical problem or a defective product, it is tough even for an experienced driver to avoid an auto accident. Examples of vehicle product defects are seatbelt defects, airbags that won't deploy, tire tread separation, engine fires, gas tank explosions and seatback failure.

In cases where there have been serious injuries or deaths as a result of auto product defects, the auto manufacturer or the company that made the defective product such as a tire, may be held liable. Victims in such cases could receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings and other related expenses. If you have suffered serious injuries or have lost a loved one as a result of an auto product defect, please call the experienced Pennsylvania product defect attorneys at Cherry, Fieger and Marciano LLP for a free consultation today.