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Sensor mat issue prompts recall of 96,000 Cadillacs

(Reuters) - General Motors Co is recalling nearly 96,000 Cadillac CTS cars for the model years 2005 to 2007 because a mat that senses car passengers in the front seat could break and disable the front air bag.

Repeated "flexing" of the passenger sensing system mat in the front seat could cause the mat to "kink, bend or fold," GM said according to a notice posted on U.S. safety regulators' website Thursday.

This could break the connections in the mat and as a result the sensor may not detect the front passenger and will disable the air bag. The mats must be replaced.

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Of the 95,927 cars recalled, GM is recalling 46,070 cars from the 2006 model year and 33,138 from the 2007 model year.

Separately, Honda Motor Co Ltd told safety regulators it was recalling 10,823 Accord V-6 vehicles for the 2010 and 2011 model year as well as 2011 Pilot vehicles.

The damper brackets in 2011 Pilots may not have been tightened during assembly due to a programming error, Honda said in a notice. Loose bolts can increase the risk of steering loss and cause excess noise.

Additionally, the spindle nuts of 2011 Pilot and certain Accord V-6 vehicles may also be loose, a defect that can cause steering loss if the front suspension collapses.

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