WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 42,984 2011 Buick Regal sedans because of a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected Regals are equipped with eight-way power-adjustable front seats.
"The power-seat wiring harness may contact the seat frame, causing the wires to chafe," said the NHTSA in its recall summary. "Chafed harness wires may cause a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire."
GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson told Edmunds the automaker is aware of four fires that may be related to the defect.
"If a short circuit occurs, it could result in inoperative power seat adjustments, flickering lights on the instrument panel, sparking or smoke under the seat and possibly fire," GM said in a statement.
The affected Regals were built from November 3, 2009, to March 25, 2011.
Edmunds says: Owners will want to address this problem as soon as they receive their official recall notice. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.