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GM recalling pickups for missing child seat tether

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Nov 24th 2010 at 3:57PM

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.

[source: GM]

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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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GM recalls midsize pickups for child seat problem



More than 192,000 General Motors and Isuzu midsize pickup trucks are being recalled because of a problem with the system that anchors child safety seats, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said today.

The recall affects Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models from the 2004 to 2011 model years. Also affected are Isuzu I-280 and I-350 pickups from 2006 and I-290 and I-370 models from 2007 and 2008. The Isuzus were built by GM at its factory in Shreveport, La.

NHTSA said on its website that the trucks all have bench front seats and no rear seats. Owners can't get to the top child seat anchor for the center of the front seat, and the owner's manual has no instructions on how to use the top anchor, NHTSA said. No accidents or injuries have been reported, GM spokesman Alan Adler said.

Both NHTSA and GM discourage people from using child seats in the front seats of vehicles.

"We don't want anybody to put it there anyway because it's not safe," Adler said.

The repairs are being made because there could be circumstances that require putting a child in a safety seat in the front-center seating position, since the trucks have no rear seats, NHTSA said. The affected models could be regular cab or extended cab vehicles.

The lack of access to the top tether anchor and lack of instructions could result in the seat being improperly installed, increasing the risk of injury or death in a crash, NHTSA said.

The automakers do not yet have a schedule for notifying owners of the problem, NHTSA said. Dealers will cut a hole in the back panel to open access to the anchor, and the automakers will give owners information on how to properly secure the seats.

Read more: GM recalls midsize pickups for child seat problem | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101124/BUSINESS0101/101124033/GM-recalls-midsize-pickups-for-child-seat-problem#ixzz16gRMm4T7

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