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An engine compartment fire can occur as a result of spilled or dripping engine oil accumulating in the plastic engine shield.
General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles beginning July 11, 2012. If you are experiencing a burning oil smell, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It’s helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.
Spilled or dripping oil (such as after an oil change) may collect in the engine shield (bellypan) near hot engine or exhaust system surfaces. As a result, the oil and the engine shield may ignite and burn, causing an engine compartment fire. Dealers will modify the engine shield to prevent fluid from contacting the shield. Also, on vehicles with a manual transmission, protective tape will be applied to the electronic power steering wire harness. The General Motors recall number is 12081.