Recalls: GM Minivans, VW Sedans
DETROIT -- U.S. safety regulators said on Thursday that General Motors will recall 717,302 minivans because passengers could hurt their arms or wrists when opening a power sliding door. Regulators said Volkswagen is recalling 369,284 cars for defects including leaking fuel pumps and defective light switches, according to news reports. Vehicles affected by the GM recall are Chevrolet Venture and Pontiac Montana minivans from the 1997-2005 model years, Oldsmobile Silhouette from the 1997-2004 model years, and Pontiac Trans Sport from the 1997-1999 model years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. GM is recommending that owners do not use the interior door handle of the minivan to open the door, the agency said. The driver can open and close the door from switches at the driver's position or by using the remote key fob.The agency has received 21 complaints from consumers, including 19 cases of arm or wrist injuries. These include 13 cases of broken bones requiring a cast or surgery according to a Reuters report.Volkswagen is recalling 300,000 Golf, GTI and Jetta cars from 2000-2002 model years because the hazard switch and flasher system function may degrade over time due to high electrical current load from turn-signal bulbs, the National Highway Transport Safety Administration said.The manufacturer is also recalling 19,284 Golf, Jetta, Beetle and Passat cars from 2004-2005 model years because a leaking diesel fuel pump could lead to a fire.The automaker was unaware of any injuries from the incidents, according to news reports.