Warren, MI – December 31, 2020 – General Motors (NYSE:GM) has recalled 624,216 vehicles due to a seat belt issue in the front-row center seat. The seat belt may not properly secure the occupant in the seat, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.
The recall includes:
- 2019-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 trucks
- 2019-2021 GMC Sierra 1500 trucks
- 2021 Chevrolet Suburban SUVs
- 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe SUVs
- 2021 GMC Yukon XL SUVs
- 2020-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 trucks
- 2020-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 trucks
- 2020-2021 GMC Sierra 2500 trucks
- 2020-2021 GMC Sierra 3500 trucks
Seat belt brackets are designed to secure the seat belt to the seat frame. In recalled vehicles, the supplier of the front-row center seat failed to attach the brackets to the frame of the seat correctly.
As a result, the seat belt may be “loose or detached from the seat frame.” Passengers may also hear a rattling sound emanating from the seat.
The issue was first caught by the manufacturer in August 2020. There are no injuries associated with this recall.
Other GM recalls
December saw a GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado recall due to an issue with roof-rail airbags, as well as a massive, six-million car recall due to faulty Takata airbags’ inflators that are prone to hurling “sharp metal fragments” into the car occupants in a crash. The latter includes Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs. However, the trucks involved in both recalls are older models and not the same ones that are being recalled this time around.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S.” Seat belts can sharply reduce the risk of death or injury in a crash but they must be able to secure each occupant in the vehicle. If not, the passenger or the driver may be injured inside the vehicle or thrown from the vehicle during a crash.
To fix the issue, dealers must inspect the seat belt bracket attachments on both sides of the front-row center seat and will reassemble them as necessary. The repair will be free of charge. General Motors expects to begin the recall on February 1, 2021.
Is your vehicle part of this recall?
Over 624,000 vehicles are included in this General Motors recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.