GM recalls 597,000 full-size SUVs


DETROIT, Sept 24 (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. said on Tuesday it is recalling 597,000 of its model year 2000-2002 full-size sport utility vehicles due to 14 incidents of people pinching their fingers when folding the seats.

GM, the world's largest automaker, said the recall includes its Chevrolet Tahoe, Cadillac Escalade and GMC Yukon and Denali SUVs. The Chevrolet Suburban and Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade EXT and GMC Yukon XL are not included in the recall.

Fourteen people, including 10 children, have pinched their fingers by inadvertently inserting them through a slot in the upholstery when the headrest was being folded down while the second-row seats were being moved from upright to the stowed position, GM said.

GM said it will install plastic shields over each head restraint mechanism to protect fingers.

Owners of the recalled SUVs, built between Sept. 1999 and Feb. 2002, can have the shields installed free-of-charge at Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC dealers.



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