GM More than 484,000 vehicles recalled To fix the problem of the third row seat belts.
“On some of these vehicles, the rivet holding the buckle on the mounting bracket on the left or right side of the third row seat belt buckle assembly may not have been properly shaped during the manufacturing process,” the automaker wrote in call notice It was posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. “If the third-row seat belt assembly is not installed correctly, it may not properly restrain occupants in the event of a collision, increasing the risk of injury.”
The recall covers 41636 Cadillac Escalades; 25158 Cadillac Escalade ESVs; 84338 Chevrolet Suburban; 176981 Chevrolet Tahoe; 97436 GMC Yukons; and 58,606 GMC Yukon XLs with third-row seats.
The Affected vehiclesfalling in 2021 and 2022, was produced between November 12, 2019 and May 27, 2022.
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On May 14, a GM dealer received a customer report of a third-row seat belt buckle assembly that broke off in a 2021 Chevrolet Suburban. The case was submitted to the company’s Speak Up For Safety program on May 18 and a formal investigation was opened on May 31. A field analysis identified seven additional reports potentially related to the issue.
A GM investigation determined that operators at a seat belt buckle assembly supplier’s manufacturing plant may not have followed the manufacturing processes properly and inadvertently missed the rivet forming process.
Containment efforts began at the plant May 25 and GM revised its manufacturing process to add scan confirmation of rivet head formation on July 1. A GM investigator visited the plant on July 11 to determine the range of potentially affected parts, and the company’s field safety decision-making body decided to file a safety recall on August 4.
General Motors is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the matter.
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Dealers will inspect the rivet head formation on each of the left and right side 3rd row seat belt buckle assemblies and replace the seat belt buckle assemblies, as necessary, free of charge.
Owner notice letters are expected to be mailed from September 26th.
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