TEMPE COLLISION REPAIR ALERT – GM Seat Belt Defect Recalls Over 1M Pickups
A seat belt defect confronted several times by General Motors in recent years has spurred a new recall affected over 1 million Chevrolet and GMC pickup trucks worldwide.
The issue with a single faulty part has yet to officially be ruled a cause in any accidental injuries or fatalities. However, GM plans to contact owners of 895,232 units of its 2014-2015 model year GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado trucks sold in the United States to arrange immediate repairs on the company’s dime. The recall’s scope extends to 1,037,982 vehicles when factoring in .
General Motors will contact more than 1 million Chevrolet and GMC pickup owners to initiate a worldwide safety recall addressing a recently discovered seat belt defect, Autoblog reported recently.
The issue has yet to cause any injuries or deaths, but GM will nonetheless repair 895,232 U.S.-sold GMC Sierra 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado 2014-2015 trucks at no cost to owners. After accounting for Silverado and Sierra 1500s sold worldwide, the Detroit-based automaker’s recall affects a combined 1,037,982 trucks. The aproximately 3,000 new vehicles that remain unsold at dealerships will not be sold until mechanics have addressed the issue.
GM engineers discovered the defect through warranty data analysis. Over time, repeated bending may fatigue a steel cable connecting the seatbelt to the vehicle and cause it to separate. Some vehicles may require a complete tensioner assembly replacement. For the most part, however, dealers plan to enlarge side shield openings in both models in order to install a pusher bracket on the tensioner. The bending occurs again and again each time the driver enters the seat.
The problem is reportedly similar to a fatiguing cable defect that caused GM to recall more than 400,000 Chevrolet Malibu sedans from their 2011-2012 lines last year and over a million Lambda crossovers in 2014.
The company’s voluntary recall and repairs will proceed similarly in Canada, Mexico, and multiple Middle Eastern and Latin American markets. Concerned customers may enter their vehicle identifcation numbers (VINs) at https://my.gm.com/web/portal/ownercenter or https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ to determine if their trucks are affected
GM reportedly expects the recall to be carried out within typical warranty reserves at no significant additional cost to the company.