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GM recalls 2011 crossovers over safety belt issue

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GM recalls 2011 crossovers over safety belt issue

David Shepardson / The Detroit News

Washington— General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 100,000 2011 crossovers over potentially faulty safety belts — its third similar recall this year.

In total, GM has recalled more than 600,000 vehicles worldwide this year over varying safety belt issues.

GM said today it will recall 97,843 2011 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles over concerns the driver and or front passenger safety belt buckle anchor may fracture and separate during a crash. That could disable the restraint system and send a driver or passenger flying in a crash.

The recall was prompted by seat belt tests at GM's Milford proving grounds in September. In two of the tests, the seat belt buckle separated from the anchor.

GM's investigation found an "unauthorized change to the anchor tooling" that "reduced anchor strength."

The affected vehicles were built between February and late-November.

In October, GM recalled 303,100 2009-10 Chevrolet Impala models over different concerns about the vehicle's safety belts.

GM said the "front safety belt webbing may not have been properly secured to the lap belt anchor."

In August, GM said it would recall 243,000 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook vehicles "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."

No injuries or accidents have been reported in any of the recalls.

In the newest recall, GM will notify dealers this month and owners in mid-January. Dealers will modify the passenger safety belt buckles, and in some cases the drive safety belt buckles.

From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20101217/AUTO01/12170421/GM-recalls-2011-crossovers-over-safety-belt-issue#ixzz18PKAXYG2

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GM recalling nearly 100,000 new crossovers due to seatbelt buckle fractures

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Dec 17th 2010 at 1:01PM

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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.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/17/gm-recalling-nearly-100-000-new-crossovers-due-to-seatbelt-buckl/

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‘TIS THE SEASON: GM RECALLS 100,000 EQUINOX, TERRAIN AND SRX CROSSOVERS

By Mark Kleis

General Motors is joining the game as well, adding just shy of 100,000 crossovers to the list of recalled vehicles due to a commonly shared safety belt buckle that has been shown to potentially fracture in the event of an accident.

The issue is found across all three Theta platform crossovers – Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX – and can be found on both the driver and front passenger seats. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that the safety belt buckle may “fracture and separate near the seat attachment in a vehicle crash.”

All three vehicles are model year 2011 only, and the exact total of affected vehicles is 97,843.

GM is expected to begin the recall on or before January 18, 2011, and dealers will be modifying or replacing the questionable parts free of charge.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/tis-the-season-gm-recalls-100000-equinox-terrain-and-srx-crossovers.html

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2011 SRX, Equinox, Terrain Recalled For Seat Belt Failure Risk

Source: MotorAuthority.com

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If there's one thing you don't want to fail when you're in an accident, it's your seatbelt. The first line of passive defense in a collision, the seatbelt is what keeps you in place to allow the rest of the car's safety mechanisms, such as airbags, crash structures, and active headrests, to work properly. That's why GM is acting quickly to remedy a problem with the seat belt anchors in three of its new crossovers.

About 97,800 units of the 2011 Cadillac SRX, 2011 Chevrolet Equinox, and 2011 GMC Terrain are affected by the recall. The problem: the seat belt anchor may fracture and come detached near its base, preventing the seatbelt from actually restraining occupants.

As usual, the fix is to replace the problematic part, free of charge, at dealerships. Owners will be notified, with repairs to start on or before January 18, 2011. If you're concerned your vehicle could be subject to the recall, you can learn more at GM's Owner Center, by contacting the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236, or by clicking the link below.

link:

http://www.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1052647_2011-srx-equinox-terrain-recalled-for-seat-belt-failure-risk

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