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GM Halts 2015 Escalade Sales Due to Passenger Air Bag Defect

Posted on May 22, 2014

DETROIT — General Motors announced Tuesday that it has stopped sale of the 2015 Escalade and Escalade ESV due to the possibility that the passenger side air bag could partially deploy in the event of a crash. GM attributes the problem to an insufficiently heated plastic weld that attaches the passenger side air bag to the instrument panel assembly.

GM said it called and emailed 224 customers who purchased the vehicles and instructed them not to let passengers sit in the front seat until the Escalades have been serviced to fix the problem. GM stated that it is unaware of any crashes or injuries associated with the 2015 Escalades.

The company said the problem has been corrected by its supplier and Escalade production is again under way at its Arlington, TX assembly plant.

The recall is part of GM’s announcement that it is recalling 2.42 million vehicles in four separate recalls effecting various SUVs sedans and pickup trucks. The company expects to take a charge of up to $400 million in the second quarter, primarily for the cost of recall-related repairs. This amount includes a previously disclosed $200 million charge for the five recalls announced May 15.

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