Defective seat belts are the reason that General Motors is recalling 207,210 crossover vehicles in the United States. Affected vehicles include the 2009 Saturn Outlook, and the following 2009 and 2010 models:
- Buick Enclave
- Chevrolet Traverse
- GMC Acadia
The issue could result in second-row seat belts failing to latch. GM says that the plastic shield around the seat belt release button could get caught on trim and not return to its normal position after the seats are folded flat. If enough force is applied when the seats are pushed back to their normal position, the shield around the release button could be pushed onto the button resulting in a failure to latch. It’s described as a “false-latch condition.” The result is a failure to restrain second-row passengers during a crash. This would increase the risk of injury, which is the reason for the recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a total of 243,403 vehicles are involved in the recall. 207,210 of those are in the United States with the remaining vehicles located in Canada, Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia, and a small number in other countries. GM said it is not aware of any injuries resulting from the seat belt issue.
When consumers bring their affected vehicles into a dealership for repair, technicians will inspect the seat belts and may modify the second-row seat side trim shields and replace damaged seatbelts. Expect the recall to begin on August 31 when owners will be notified by mail. You can use the following contact information if they have further questions
- Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438
- Buick at (866) 608-8080
- GMC at (866) 996-9463
- Saturn at (800) 972-8876