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GM recalls 1,100 Escalades for air bag issues

David Shepardson
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — General Motors Co. is issuing its 79th recall of 2014, calling back more than 1,100 new 2015 Cadillac Escalade SUVs because of possible air bag issues.

The Escalades built in September don’t meet a federal standard for air bag performance. GM said an incorrect spacer fabric was used on the top cover of the passenger-side instrument panel, and that reduced adhesion between the fabric and cover. As a result, GM said the passenger-side air bag may not deploy consistently. Only about 200 of the Escalades actually made it to customer hands.

No injuries were reported.

GM said it has already completed 53 percent of vehicle repairs. Of the vehicles, 1,039 were in the United States and two were in Mexico; the rest were destined for export.

The automaker said workers at its Arlington, Texas, assembly plant on Sept. 18 observed an abnormal rejection rate of the covers due to wrinkles and bubbles on the surface. Within a week, the GM Safety Integration Team completed tests of the air bag. Testing demonstrated that the condition could adversely affect the ability of the air bag to exit the instrument panel consistently.

GM on Sept. 30 briefly issued a stop-delivery order.

The company has recalled a record 30 million vehicles worldwide in 79 campaigns, including 26.5 million in the United States.