General Motors Co. has recalled a number of its newer Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet models for problems that could compromise passenger safety in a collision. The car maker’s Cadillac luxury division is recalling certain XTS large sedans from the 2013 model year because their rear-seat head restraints may not lock onto the upright position after being folded forward. This could result in the head rests being positioned too low, based on federal safety standards, which could increase the risk of neck injury in a crash. Cadillac said the recall affects 12,626 cars that it built from Oct. 12, 2011, through Aug. 30, 2012. Under the recall, dealers will replace the head restraints free of charge. The recall is scheduled to begin this month. Owners may contact Cadillac at 800-458-8006.
In a separate filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM is recalling certain 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic cars because their driver-side frontal air bags may not work properly. The airbags have a part called a shorting bar that may intermittently touch the air bag terminals. If the bar and terminals are in contact during a crash, the bag might not deploy when needed, which increases the risk of injury. GM said the recall affects 2,949 vehicles. The company said its dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil to correct the problem. Owners may contact GM at 800-521-7300.
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