April 25, 2005
General Motors Corp. announced it is recalling more than 2 million vehicles on mostly full-size pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) from the 2003 to 2005 model years because its' second-row seat belts may be difficult to properly position across passengers' hips.
GM led the auto industry in recall announcements during 2004. One of the largest auto recalls for GM since March 2004's recall affecting more than 4 million full-size pickup trucks to replace tailgate support cables that may corrode and fracture, GM said it lost $1.1 billion in the first quarter last week.
Of the nearly 1.5 million full-size pickup trucks and SUVs the GM recall includes, some of the auto manufacturer's best selling pickup trucks and SUVs have been affected, including the model year 2003 to 2005 Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, Hummer H2, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL and the crew cab versions of the Chevrolet Silverado and the GMC Sierra.
In addition, GM also announced five other auto recalls, including 332,000 of the 1500 Series Chevrolet Suburban and Yukon XL SUVs from the 2000 and 2001 model years for possible overheating of fuel pump wires that could lead to engine stalling, failure to start, a possible fuel leak and inaccurate fuel level readings.
There were 142,585 1500 Series Silverado and Sierra pickups from the 1999 to 2002 model years recalled and 2500 and 3500 Series pickups from the 2001 to 2004 model years with manual transmissions because the parking brakes could wear out, allowing the vehicles to unexpectedly move.
Recall announcements also included 69,037 of its 2005 model year Buick Lacrosse and Buick Allure sedans because of a potential problem with a brake part that could lead to brake loss.
GM also announced its auto recalls included 39,078 2004 model year Buick Rendezvous and Pontiac Aztek SUVs, which could stall or fail to start because of a faulty ignition relay.
In the fifth recall announcement, GM said 22,115 Saturn L Series wagons from the 2002 to 2004 model years were built with center and passenger side rear seat belt anchors that fail to comply with U.S. and Canadian safety standards.
Owners of the affected GM models will be notified of the recalls, and dealers will repair the parts for free, according to GM.