GM recalls 522,000 Malibus, pickups
General Motors is making sure that they don’t let potential safety hazards get out of hand, especially in the wake of the safety crisis from 2014. Therefore, expect the organization to play it ‘better safe than sorry’ when it comes to the safety of drivers in the U.S. and other countries.
GM has issued a recall notice for about 469,000 Chevrolet Malibus with the model year 2011 and 2012 due to a weakened steel cable connected to seat belts that could break – the largest for GM so far this year. A majority of those cars were sold in the United States, while others are currently in Canada, Mexico and other nearby territories such as Cuba.
The cable has been known to wear down and separate over time due to passengers making a number of seat adjustments. So far, there have been 36 claims and one minor injury linked to the defect and, luckily, no major accidents or fatalities due to the defect.
Malibu owners have been informed that they can bring their cars to Chevrolet dealerships for a safety inspection and replacement work if it is necessary – both will be of no cost to the owner.
Another notice has also been issued for almost 53,000 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups with the model year 2015 for safety issues with the seats and covers vehicles in both the U.S. and Canada – there is a portion of about 13,000 of the recalled pickups currently sitting on dealership lots.
As of now, there have not been any accidents or injuries related to the attachment hooks – which means that GM is hoping to remain proactive and not wait until there are any statistics because if those parts are not properly connected, the front of the seat may not remain secured if a crash does occur.
Dealers will complete inspections to see whether the seat frame attachment hooks of the trucks currently sitting in lots, need repair before being made available to the public.
It’s been a busy past few years for GM of as they had a record number of 27 million total vehicles recalled – many of them due to defective ignition switches that have been linked to about 100 deaths on the road.
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