GM recalls 1.4 million cars for fire risk after previous fix failed

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NEW YORK — General Motors is recalling 1.4 million cars, most of which had previously been recalled, because of a risk they might catch fire.

The recall is the third intended to fix the problem.

But GM reported there were 1,345 cars that caught fire after they were previously fixed by dealers. So even car owners who had their vehicles repaired will need to bring them back for another fix. There is no charge to owners for the repairs.

The previous recalls in 2007 and 2009 included 1.1 million of the cars included in this latest recall.

In all the fires, oil leaked onto a hot manifold. About 85% of the fires took place when the car was shut off and there was no one around the car, GM spokesman Alan Adler said.

Some of the models included in the recall date back to 1997. The recall include several Pontiac and Oldsmobile models, brands that have since been closed by GM. Owners of those cars can go to any Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac dealership for the repair.