GM recalls almost 1.5 million 3.8 V6-equipped cars

General Motors says it will voluntarily recall nearly 1.5 million 1997 to 2003 Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile and Pontiac vehicles equipped with the automaker's then-venerable 3.8-liter "Series II" V6 engine over a faulty spark plug wire retainer that could allow oil to leak onto the exhaust manifold during hard braking, thus potentially causing a fire.

The automaker will recall nearly all 1,497,516 Chevrolet Luminas, Monte Carlos and Impalas, Buick Regals, Oldsmobile Intrigues and Pontiac Grand Prixs equipped with the naturally aspirated L36 V6.

If one of these vehicles resides in your garage, GM recommends contacting your local dealership to confirm that your car is covered given the breadth of the recall.