Thursday, March 01, 2007

GM recalls Outlooks, Acadias for air bag fix

Saturday, February 24, 2007
Auto Briefs
GM recalls Outlooks, Acadias for air bag fix

DETROIT -- General Motors Corp. is recalling almost all of its new 2007 Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia sport-utility vehicles because front air bags may fail to deploy in a crash. The recall includes 13,032 of the SUVs built from August to this month, the automaker told the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It doesn't include those built after Feb. 2, GM spokesman Alan Adler said Friday. Computer controls for the air bags will be reprogrammed in a procedure that takes about 25 minutes and will be done at no cost to owners, Adler said.

UAW approves plant rules at 37 facilities

Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler union members at 37 U.S. plants have approved new agreements that require more flexible hours and fewer workers as they try to keep factories from closing amid slipping car and trucks sales. The United Auto Workers union is ceding gains it won throughout its history that ensured job security and full employment. Ford, Chrysler and General Motors Corp. have national contracts with the UAW that expire Sept. 14. The drive for improving factory operations is happening separately from those negotiations as the automakers press their case at individual plants.

GM temporarily idles two Michigan plants

General Motors Corp. will temporarily shut down assembly lines at two Michigan plants Feb. 26 as part of planned production cuts. The Orion plant, which makes the Pontiac G6 sedan, will be idled for three weeks and the Lansing Grand River plant that makes the Cadillac CTS and STS sedans, and SRX crossover sport- utility vehicle, will be closed for one week, GM spokesman Tom Wickham said Friday.

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