NHTSA Looks Closer at GM Engine Problems

December 30, 2002
Filed under Trailer News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has upgraded its investigation of possible engine problems involving 3.8-L V-6 engines used in Buick, Chevrolet, Pontiac and Oldsmobile vehicles built between 1996 and 2000.

NHTSA estimates as many as 2.3 million of the engines could have a fault that causes the engine to backfire while it is being started. The backfire can result in a cracked intake manifold that leaks gas onto the engine and ignites.

GM has already recalled more than 276,000 vehicles for a similar problem and denies there is a problem here, also noting that very few injuries have been reported.

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