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87,000 J-Cars For Decoration Problem

June 16, 1986

DETROIT (AP) _ General Motors Corp. on Monday recalled 87,000 Chevrolet Cavalier, Oldsmobile Firenza, Buick Skyhawk and Cadillac Cimarron subcompact cars for removal of a plastic ornament that could cause an engine fire.

The cars, which share GM’s J-body platform, are 1985 models. GM said a plastic cap that fits over air cleaner and is stamped with the words ″2.0 Liter Fuel Injection″ should be removed and thrown away. Owners can do this easily and don’t have to take their cars to dealers, the company said.

GM 14 months ago recalled 34,000 Cavaliers with the same problem. The company said mechanics sometimes reassembled air cleaners improperly or left ornaments resting on engine parts, where they melted. GM said it knew of 13 engine fires, but no accidents or injuries, resulting from melting ornaments.

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