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NHTSA Probes GM Minivan Door Injuries

September 21, 2004

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal regulators are investigating General Motors Corp. minivans after getting reports that people have been injured by automatic sliding doors.

Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette, Pontiac Transport and Pontiac Montana minivans with optional power sliding doors are being investigated, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday. Included are vans from the 1998-2004 model years.

NHTSA said it has received 19 complaints that people were injured because they were holding the handle of the sliding door when it started moving and their elbows were crushed against the back of a seat. In 13 cases, the force of the door was strong enough to break bones, NHTSA said.

GM spokesman Jim Schell said the company is cooperating with the investigation. He said 1.12 million Venture, Silhouette, Transport and Montana minivans are on the road, and the company is trying to determine how many have optional power doors.

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General Motors Corp.: http://www.gm.com

NHTSA: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov

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