April 26, 20001999 Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC
Yukons and Cadillac Escalades Recalled
Detroit, MI (SafetyAlerts) - General Motors
Corporation today announced the voluntary recall of approximately 279,000 1999 model year
Chevrolet Tahoes, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades after the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) determined the airbags in some of these sports utility
vehicles may not comply with federal regulations.
GM stated today that the issue is related to one
of the many performance requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 208,
"Occupant Crash Protection." It involves an unbelted 50th percentile male
dummy in the right front seat, and one particular injury measure called neck extension.
GMs internal testing had indicated that the models in question complied with each
requirement of FMVSS 208, including this particular injury measure. Subsequently, in a
government sled test, a 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe slightly exceeded the requirement.
GM also stated that, any protracted
review of this highly complex and technical issue could result in the unwarranted
questioning of these vehicles safety performance and could create unnecessary
concern among owners.
Questions regarding this recall
should be directed to GMC at 1-800-462-8782.
Notice of this product warning was
sent via email to SafeMail
subscribers April 26, 2000.
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