Monday, 28 November 2011

GM Recalls Colorado Pickups for Faulty Seatbelt Warnings

General Motors Co. is recalling certain Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks from the 2012 model year to fix possible defects in their safety-belt warning systems.

On certain models, an electrical connector used on the driver’s seatbelt warning system may not have a snug fit. As a result, the connector can work loose and fail to provide the driver with a visual or audible warning that their seat belt is not fastened. In the event of a crash, occupants not wearing seat belts are at higher risk of injury than belted occupants.

The recall includes 5,220 vehicles. While the number of affected vehicles is relatively small, the defect is a serious one. Visual and audible seat belt warnings are part of the broad range of federally mandated safety equipment that falls under the umbrella of “occupant crash protection.”

GM says dealers will replace the seat belt buckle electrical connector terminals free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Nov. 30. Owners may contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438 and GMC at 866-996-9463.


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