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GM Recalls Pickups for Seat Belt Problem

April 15, 2016

Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.
Photo of Chevrolet Silverado courtesy of GM.

General Motors is recalling 895,232 2014-15 model-year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in the U.S. because the flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can fatigue and separate over time, according to the automaker.

This wear-and-tear problem is more likely to happen if the driver repeatedly bends the cable when entering the seat. GM discovered the issue through warranty data. There have been no reports of related crashes, injuries or fatalities, GM said.

For trucks in the field, dealers will enlarge the side shield opening, install a pusher bracket on the tensioner and — if necessary — replace the tensioner assembly. 

The recall in the U.S. includes a stop-sale of approximately 3,000 pickups still on dealer lots. Dealers will repair the vehicles prior to delivering them to customers.

To see whether a truck is part of the recall, owners can click here.

GM also will recall and repair these models outside of the U.S., including Canada, Mexico and several countries in Latin America and the Middle East. The total number of trucks to be recalled globally is 1,037,982.

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