DETROIT --- General Motors Corp. is recalling more than 207,500 Buick and Pontiac vehicles because of an engine defect that could cause oil leaks and trigger fires, Reuters reported.

The recall applies to Buick Regal and Pontiac Grand Prix vehicles with 3.8 liter supercharged V-6 engines, built between 1997 and 2003, GM indicated in a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

GM said drops of engine oil deposited on the exhaust manifold have the potential to ignite into fires if drivers brake hard.

The company has advised vehicle owners to park their cars in the open, rather than in a garage or enclosed location.

GM spokesman Alan Adler told Reuters that the automaker had received reports of five minor injuries and one moderate injury linked to the engine fires.

Owners of vehicles covered by the recall have been sent notices.