• Dec 17, 2010
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General Motors has issued a recall on its Theta crossover triplets, the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX over safety belt buckle anchors that may fracture and separate in the event of a crash. A total of 97,843 vehicles are affected, all from the 2011 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued an official statement, saying that a fractured seatbelt buckle may not properly restrain the vehicle's occupants during an accident, thus increasing the risk of injuries sustained during a crash. In all three of the affected crossovers, both the driver and front passenger seatbelts are apparently subject to this sort of breaking.

GM will begin notifying owners in the next few weeks, as the recall is expected to ramp up on or before January 18, 2011. Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC dealerships will modify one or both of the safety belt anchors as necessary, and of course, all maintenance will be performed free of charge. NHTSA's official release is available after the break.



[Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]
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Vehicle Make / Model

CADILLAC / SRX
CHEVROLET / EQUINOX
GMC / TERRAIN

Model Year(s): 2011

Manufacturer: GENERAL MOTORS CORP.
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 15, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V623000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SEAT BELTS:FRONT:BUCKLE ASSEMBLY
Potential Number of Units Affected: 97,843

Summary

GENERAL MOTORS IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 CADILLAC SRX, CHEVROLET EQUINOX AND GMC TERRAIN VEHICLES. THE DRIVER AND /OR FRONT PASSENGER SAFETY BELT BUCKLE ANCHOR MAY FRACTURE AND SEPARATE NEAR THE SEAT ATTACHMENT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Consequence

THE SAFETY BELT SYSTEM MAY NOT RESTRAIN THE OCCUPANT(S) AS DESIGNED AND COULD INCREASE THE RISK OF INJURY.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE PASSENGER AND/OR THE DRIVER SAFETY BELT BUCKLES AS NECESSARY. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 18, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339, CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438, GMC AT 1-866-996-9463 AND AT THE OWNER CENTER AT WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM.

Notes

GM SAFETY RECALL NO. 100370. OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Where does it say anything about a Chinese supplier?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Recalls for fracturing seatbelt buckles... GM, you have indeed come a long way from your more grievous recalls of yesteryear. Bravo.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure they both result in DEATHS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Is there a more safety-affecting recall than seat bealts that "fracture" during a crash. Like issuing a recall for airbags that don't deploy or breaks that don't grip.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy crap, GM made 97000 of these for Model year 2011 already? This platform must be more popular than an F150.
      • 4 Years Ago
      How can the simplest of car parts be defective? This is not some electronic component! It's a bloody bolt type stud thing-a ma-jinggy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's only garbage because the company buying isn't willing to buy real parts. There is a price for everything in China. You get what you paid for. Don't generalize.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This isn't a Toyota recall so we're not going to cry on and on about how crappy the company is and just shrug this one off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you have a free moment, feel free to grow up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota is a crappy company. Thank you for reminding us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When it's good news, it's all GM this, GM that but when it's bad, it's China's fault! Wow, you fanboys never fail to amaze.
      I love BMW but when they go wrong, I call it as it is, learn that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Will this impact Saab's 9-4x as well? GM doesn't need the black-eye from this but Saab *really* doesn't need it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But wait it was the suppliers fault..not Hyundai's or Kias. Oops talking about GM. Sorry Hyundai/Kia defenders, I couldn't resist! lol
      jrpat
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have the recall letters begun to go out? We have not received ours. Our car is about due for the first oil change, and I'm going to ask about the recall/fix then. The dealer might handle the seatbelt anchors at the same time, if our car is affected and if they have the repair parts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Honda recall for headlights is BREAKING yet these seatbelts are not BREAKING? Same goes for the Dodge airbags and Volkswagen fuel lines.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Watch what you say....China is GM's biggest market.
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