• Aug 17th 2010 at 11:28AM
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The summer of 2010's recall hit parade continues unabated today, with General Motors having just announced that it is asking 243,403 owners of its 2009-2010 Lambda crossovers to bring their three-row haulers in for inspection. The culprit? Second-row seat belts in select Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Saturn Outlook CUVs have "failed to perform properly in a crash."

GM seatbelt recallAccording to GM, a second-row seat-side trim piece is to blame, as it can impede the upward rotation of the buckle after the seat is folded flat. As a result, if the buckle makes contact with the seat frame, cosmetic damage can occur, potentially requiring additional force to operate the buckle properly. So far, no great shakes, but in the process of applying that additional force, the occupant may push the buckle cover down to the strap, potentially revealing and depressing the red release button. As a result of this, the belt may not latch, or in certain cases, it may actually appear to be latched when, in fact, it isn't.

GM will be working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to administer the recall, which will see owners receiving letters beginning later this month to schedule an appointment for a no-cost inspection and repair of the affected belts. Click through to the jump for more details. Top tip, NOS879!

[Source: General Motors]

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GM Recalls Crossovers for Safety Belt Inspection
Potential Second-Row Buckle Damage Leads to Voluntary Action


DETROIT – General Motors is voluntarily conducting a safety recall for 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook to inspect second-row safety belts for damage that in rare cases could make an occupant think the belt is properly latched when it isn't.

There are 243,403 vehicles involved in the recall, the majority in the United States with several thousand exported vehicles in Canada, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia and small populations in other countries

GM discovered damaged second-row safety belt buckles among warranty returns. There are no known cases where second-row safety belts have failed to perform properly in a crash.

Some vehicles may have a condition where the second-row seat side trim shield restricts the upward rotation of the seat belt buckle when the seat back is returned to a seating position after being folded flat. If the buckle makes contact with the seat frame, the buckle may receive cosmetic damage as the seat back is being returned to its upright position. When this occurs, the customer may notice that additional effort is required to return the seat to a seating position.

But if sufficient force is applied, the buckle cover could be pushed down the strap, exposing and partially depressing the red release button. The seat belt release button may not travel as much as designed when depressed. The buckle may not latch or unlatch and may appear to be jammed. In rare instances, the buckle may appear to latch when the latch mechanism is not fully engaged.

"Because of the potential for a false-latch condition, we want customers to return their vehicles to have the recall repair performed as soon as possible," said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety.

Owners will begin receiving letters this month to schedule appointments with dealership service departments for a no-charge inspection and repair of the second-row belts.

About General Motors – General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 157 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Eh, 2nd row seatbelts are overrated anyway. That's what the seat backs are for. ;-)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm, a quick defect catch with full disclosure? Sounds reasonable to me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To i-rate:

        STFU, before you get your head kicked in and your face cut to ribbons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And this, Toyota, is how you deal with a potential safety issue, before it becomes a litigious and costly one in both lives and money. So, how does your auto company respond? By blaming the victim? By sneakily hiding the problem by maximizing profit?
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The summer of 2010's recall hit parade continues unabated today"

      No it's just that recalls are under the microscope and the media is trying to milk the topic for every drop they can get.

      Every year there are 500-600 recalls. This year they are on the same pace so it's no different.

      Just report the news instead of adding to it..........
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is what I call a minor issue, but it is good that GM caught the problem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How is a seatbelt latch that looks latched but isn't a minor issue? Having your kids go flying out of the car in an accident is not a minor issue.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Enclave looks so much better than the other three Lambdas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yikes.... the fact that there's so much models that share the same base... just makes the Enclave and the other 3 look cheap in my eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ligor -- The Flex is the Lambda equivalent. And the GM Lambdas are huge sellers in the CUV world.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My aunt has a loaded Enclave, including the pearl white paint. I forget what Buick's high end trim is - CXL maybe?

        it looks gorgeous. Not to mention it clocked in under 50, which I imagine might be hard for a German or Japanese equivalent.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think these lambada CUVs represent fat America
        they should have been Edge/Murano size and not supersized
        • 5 Years Ago
        Indeed it is, perhaps people will have some time to appreciate the finer design details from outside the vehicle after a malfunctioning seatbelt sends them flying through the windshield...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autospies loves to steal Autoblog articles, but oddly, they refuse to steal recall articles about GM. If this had been an article about Toyota they would have three threads by now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To Wiggy:

        STFU, before you get your face cut to ribbons.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Give up. The same people insist on saying the same things over and over again, article after article....Toyota defenders and Toyota haters alike.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Lame Wiggy.

      • 5 Years Ago

      Vehicles don't have safety defects - just ask Toyota or the NHTSA.

      The passengers are simply performing "seat-belt misapplication".

      • 5 Years Ago
      This recall will be for the 8 passenger version of the Traverse, Acadia and Enclave. The 7 passenger version bucket seat uses a different configuration.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think its car look horrid... but at the same time I kinda like it.. dont ask lol

      Whats with all these defects ? Dont the cars get tested long and hard before they are released ? Something like this should have been foreseen before hand.
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