Over the weekend, General Motors announced a recall of two strong-selling pickups: the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and the 2014-2015 GMC Sierra 1500. The recall affects more than one million vehicles around the globe, nearly 900,000 of which are registered in the U.S.
The recall stems from a problem with the trucks' seatbelt system. 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". In that sense, it sounds similar to the problem affecting Chevrolet Caprice and Pontiac G8 vehicles, which were recalled last summer.
The good news is, GM knows of no injuries or deaths linked to the problem.
The bad news is, the recall affects a lot of trucks--1,037,982, to be exact. Of that number, 895,232 are located in the U.S., most of which have already been sold, though a stop-sale order has been sent to dealers regarding the 3,000 vehicles still in showrooms. The remaining trucks are registered in Canada, Mexico, and throughout Latin America and the Middle East.
GM will mail recall notices to owners, instructing them to take their trucks to dealerships for service. GM says that "dealers will enlarge the side shield opening, install a pusher bracket on the tensioner, and if necessary, replace the tensioner assembly". The fix will be carried out at no charge to consumers.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you can find out more by running a search for your Vehicle Identification number on GM's recall site (https://my.gm.com/web/portal/ownercenter) or the site run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ website).