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General Motors Says Seatbelts May Not Work in These SUVs

» Posted May 14, 2021Resources | Share This Post

Seatbelts are vital safety protections that help keep drivers and passengers safe. At least, that is, when they work.

General Motors is recalling some 95,000 full-size sport utility vehicles that need to have their seatbelts replaced, the company recently announced. The belts in the third row of seats are prone to damage when the seat is folded.

“During installation of the third-row seat, one or both third-row outboard seatbelts may have been inadvertently entrapped in or misrouted behind the outboard seat-folding mechanism,” GM said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “A seatbelt in this condition may be damaged by the seat-folding mechanism.”

“A damaged seatbelt can break during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the occupant,” the company said.

The recall covers certain 2021 Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon and GMC Yukon XL models. The affected vehicles were built after November 18, 2020.

Defects, Recalls, Safety Risks

This is not GM’s first recall. The truth is that the company - and the world’s other major auto manufacturers - call back millions of vehicles each year because of a wide range of defects that pose safety threats.

The company in late 2019 called back some 640,000 SUVs and pickup trucks, citing faulty wheel-speed sensors that could cause cars to brake unexpectedly on one side. GM recalled some 370,000 pickup trucks the same year in response to reports of vehicle fires caused by engine block heater cords.

More recently, GM recalled 60,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks in April because of a power steering assembly defect that could cause the trucks’ power steering to stop working. It is also asking certain van owners to park outside because of engine fire risks until a defect is fixed.

How a San Diego Lemon Law Attorney Can Help

There is good news for car owners and lessors in California: You have some valuable rights and protections under the state lemon law. 

The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to perform various repairs to vehicles while they are under warranty. It also obligates the company to buy back or replace vehicles that the manufacturer cannot or will not fix.

If you are a California car owner who has been stuck with a defective vehicle, a San Diego lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.

Our firm has represented hundreds of clients in defective vehicle cases across the state. We work tirelessly to resolve these cases for the people that we represent, guiding them through the legal process every step of the way. We have a strong track record of successful results for our clients.

Our offices are conveniently located in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Call us at (888) 800-1983 or contact us online to speak with a San Diego lemon law attorney.

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Posted By: Clay Coker