General Motors is recalling more than one million pickup trucks due to
defective seat belts. According to the automaker, the faulty seat belts
may fail to restrain occupants in a motor vehicle crash.
In the United States, the recall impacts 895,232 Chevrolet Silverado and
GMC Sierra 1500 trucks from the model 2014-2015 years. According to GM,
the flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can
fatigue and separate over time as a result of the driver repeatedly bending
the cable when entering the seat.
Last year, GM recalled more than 400,000 Chevy Malibu vehicles for a similar
issue. The automaker discovered the latest defect through warranty data.
To date, there have been no reports of crashes, injuries, or fatalities
related to the faulty seat belts.
GM has issued a stop-sale order for 3,000 new 2014 and 2015 model year
pickups still on dealer lots. Dealers must repair the trucks prior to
delivering them to customers. The fix involves enlarging the side shield
opening and installing a pusher bracket on the tensioner. If needed, dealers
will completely replace the tensioner assembly.
GM also plans to notify owners of recalled trucks in the near future and
will provide free repairs. In the meantime, consumers can visit safercar.gov
and enter their vehicle identification numbers (VIN) to determine if their
vehicles are subject to the recall.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a defective
seat belt or other auto part, you may be entitled to compensation. For
more information, please contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.