General Motors Recalls SUVs After Complaints of Pinched Fingers

Tuesday September 24, 2002

DETROIT -- Dow Jones Reported that General Motors Corp. is recalling about 597,000 sport-utility vehicles after complaints that people were having fingers pinched in seats.

GM said Tuesday the recall includes model 2000, 2001 and 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade, and GMC Yukon and Denali sport-utility vehicles. Chevrolet Suburbans and Avalanches, Cadillac Escalade EXTs and GMC Yukon XLs aren't included in this recall.

GM said the recalled vehicles, built between September 1999 and February 2002, have a mechanical head restraint designed to fold when the second-row seats are moved from the upright to stowed position.

Fourteen people, including 10 children, have pinched their fingers by inadvertently inserting them through the slot in the upholstery when the headrest was being folded down, according to GM.

The auto maker plans to install plastic shields over each head-restraint mechanism to provide additional protection when the headrests are being folded down. Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC dealers will perform the repair free of charge.

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