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Defective Seat Belts Prompt Massive Auto Recall

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.