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General Motors is recalling nearly 200,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon and Isuzu i280 and i370 pickups. The vehicles are apparently equipped with a top child restraint tether anchor that's not accessible as required by federal law in the center seating position. This means parents could fail to secure their children properly, potentially causing injury in the event of a collision. GM says that it discourages using a child safety seat in the center due to the proximity of the airbags. The recall covers 2004-2011 Canyon and Colorado models and 2007-2008 Isuzu trucks.

GM says that its dealerships will service the vehicles under the recall free of charge.

At this point, the company is unaware of any injuries caused by the design defect. Click past the jump for the full press release.

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GM Recalls Compact Pickups Missing Child Seat Tether

DETROIT -- General Motors is recalling 192,676 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon regular cab and extended cab pickup trucks from the 2004-2011 model years and certain 2007-2008 Isuzu i280 and i370 vehicles equipped with a front 60/40 split bench seat.

This is because the child restraint top tether anchor for the front center seat position in these vehicles is not accessible as required by federal motor vehicle safety standards in the United States and Canada.
Without the top tether anchor, the child restraint may not be properly secured. Though the safety standards require the presence of the tether anchorage, GM strongly discourages the use of the center seat position for a child seat because of its proximity to the air bag in a crash.

If a child seat is necessary in a vehicle with no rear seat, GM recommends using the child seat in the right side passenger seat where a top tether anchor is already accessible. Dealers are to service all vehicles subject to this noncompliance recall at no charge to customers, regardless of mileage, age of vehicle, or ownership if the customer requests the repair at any time.

GM knows of no crashes or injuries related to this condition.

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