General Motors (GM) has recalled a number of its 2013 Cadillac XTS sedans due to faulty rear-seat head restraints. The restraints may not properly lock into the upright position after being folded forward, which could result in the head rests being positioned too low according to federal safety standards, and lead to an increased risk of neck injury to passengers involved in a crash. The recall affects over 12,000 cars that were manufactured from October 12, 2011 to August 30, 2012. Cadillac owners may take their cars to a local to dealer who will replace the head restraints free of charge.
GM is also recalling certain 2012 Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic cars due to malfunctioning driver-side frontal airbags. A part in the airbag, called a shorting bar, may occasionally touch the airbag terminals. If the bar and terminals are touching during a crash, the airbag might not deploy, greatly increasing the risk of injury during a crash. The recall affects 2,949 vehicles. Owners should take their cars to a local dealer who will replace the steering wheel airbag coil to remedy the problem.