GM recalls nearly 22,000 full-size pickup trucks

10/09/2013 9:27 PM

10/09/2013 9:27 PM

GM truck recall

General Motors is recalling nearly 22,000 full-size pickup trucks to fix problems with the seats. The recall affects Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups from the 2014 model year that were sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The trucks have manual front reclining seatbacks.

Canadian safety regulators said the seats could move in a rear-end crash and the headrests may not protect passengers as designed. GM said it doesn’t know of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem. Dealers will inspect the seatbacks and adjust them if needed.

Food for thought

McDonald’s is bumping out toys in its iconic Happy Meals in favor of books — at least for a limited time. AdAge reports that for two weeks in November, McDonald’s will offer four “original children’s books carrying a nutritional message” and expects to distribute 20 million of the little books. (“The Hunger Games” sold 15 million print copies in all of 2012, AdAge said.)

One of the books, “The Goat Who Ate Everything,” will tell the struggles of a goat who eats too much but learns to eat better. And McDonald’s plans to offer e-books next year.

Expanding iPhone

Apple’s latest iPhones, the 5s and 5c, will be available in Italy, Russia, South Korea, Spain and more than 25 additional countries on Oct. 25, expanding on their debut in a handful of markets last month.

The rollout will spread to other parts of the world a week later, when more than a dozen countries, including India and Mexico, get the new iPhones on Nov. 1.

BMW sales up

German luxury automaker BMW said sales rose 6.7 percent in September thanks to stronger demand in the U.S. and Asia. BMW said sales, including its Mini and Rolls-Royce brands, rose 18 percent in Asia, supported by a 20.8 jump in China from the same month a year ago. U.S. sales rose 8.3 percent.

Sales in Europe’s tough car market barely rose, by 0.7 percent.

The company sold 189,675 vehicles worldwide. Sales of Rolls-Royce superluxury models rose 7.1 percent to 333 for the month.

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