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Cadillacs, Honda Motorcycles Recalled

Nov 14, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

General Motors Corporation is recalling thousands of Cadillacs for an airbag problem, the company announced this week.  Meanwhile, American Honda Motor has recalled some of its off-road motorcycles because of a defect that can cause the vehicles to crash.  

The General Motors recall involves 12,662 MY2009 Cadillac CTS vehicles that may have faulty passenger airbag-sensing systems.  According to an National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), the defect could disable the front-passenger airbag when it should be enabled, or enable it when it should be disabled.  Such an occurrence would put a passenger at risk of injury or death.

According to the NHTSA, starting on Nov. 18, dealers will begin reprogramming the passenger airbag sensing system on the recalled Cadillacs free of charge.  Owners of the vehicles may contact General Motors by calling 1-866-982-2339, or by visiting the company's website at WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

The Honda Motorcycle recall involves around 13,000 model year 2007-2008 Honda CRF150R/RB motocross competition motorcycles manufactured in Japan.  They were sold at Honda motorcycle dealers nationwide from September 2006 through October 2008 for between $4,300 and $4,400.

According to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), the weld on the right side of the swing arm can fail, causing the rider to lose control and crash.  Honda has received two reports of swing arms cracking, but no injuries have been reported.

The CPSC is urging consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Honda off-road motorcycles and contact any Honda dealer to schedule a free repair. Registered owners of the recalled motorcycles are being sent a direct notice of the recall.

For additional information, consumers may contact Honda toll-free at (866) 784-1870 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at

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