NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors is recalling 20,224 model year 2009 and 2010 Cadillac CTS all-wheel-drive cars and CTS-V performance sedans because of the potential for leg injuries in some crashes.
The vehicles don't comply with federal safety requirements in terms of how well they protect smaller, unseatbelted passengers from leg injuries in crashes, GM said in a letter alerting safety officials to the problem.
"In the event of a crash, if a small occupant is in the front passenger seat and is not wearing a safety belt, the risk of injury to the femur is higher than permitted under federal law," GM said in a September 13 letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The femur is the long bone the thigh.
The problem was discovered during crash tests contracted by GM.
To rectify the problem, GM dealers will replace the cars' glove compartment assembly and, in some cases, will modify the structure of the instrument. The work will be performed at no charge to the cars' owners.
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