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April 26, 2005

USA: GM recalls over two million vehicles

General Motors is reported to be recalling more than two million vehicles, including nearly 1.5 million sport utility vans and pickup trucks that have problems with their seat belts.

General Motors is reported to be recalling more than two million vehicles, including nearly 1.5 million sport utility vans and pickup trucks that have problems with their seat belts.

The Associated Press (AP) said the company had acknowledged a few minor injuries were associated with the six separate recalls and owners would be notified of the problems by mail.

Among the vehicles affected were 1.48 million SUVs and pickups from the 2003-2005 model years, including the Chevrolet Silverado Crew Cab, Suburban, Tahoe , Avalanche; Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT; GMC Sierra Crew Cab, Yukon XL, Yukon; and the Hummer H2s, AP said.

GM spokesman Alan Adler told AP the centre safety belt in the second row of the SUVs and pickups, typically used for child seats, was riding high on the occupant’s stomach or abdomen – although no injuries have been connected to the problem, there could be a reduced protection in that portion of the body in the event of a crash.

The other vehicles are being recalled to fix a variety of defects.

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