GM Warns of Seatbelt Defect in 600,000 SUVs and Trucks
» Posted January 11, 2021 Resources | Share This Post
General Motors is recalling nearly 625,000 trucks and sport utility vehicles over a seatbelt snafu that could cause passengers to be injured, the company recently announced.
Certain vehicles with split-bench front seats have improperly installed seatbelt brackets in the center of the front row, GM recently told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That puts passengers in the center of the front row at risk of injury in the event the vehicle brakes hard or is involved in a crash.
“If a seatbelt bracket is not secured, the seatbelt may not properly restrain an occupant in the front-row center seat position, increasing the risk of occupant injury in a crash or high-speed braking event,” the company said.
Recalled vehicles include certain 2019-2021 Silverado and Sierra pickups, as well as 2021 Tahoe, Yukon, Suburban SUVs. GM said it will begin notifying owners of recalled vehicles on Feb. 1 and will ask them to bring their trucks and SUVs to local dealers for inspection and repair.
In the meantime, GM drivers should listen to their vehicles.
“Occupants may hear a rattle coming from the center seat/console area, or may
notice that the front-row center seatbelt is loose or detached from the seat frame,” the company said in a defect report filed with NHTSA.
Unfortunately, these kinds of safety defects are not a new thing for GM and the world’s other largest auto manufacturers. Millions of cars are recalled each year for significant defects that pose serious safety hazards.
GM recalled some 640,000 trucks and SUVs in late 2019, for example. The company said at the time that a wheel speed sensor problem could cause cars to brake unexpectedly on one side, leading vehicles to veer out of their lanes.
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