General Motors announced today that it is voluntarily conducting a safety recall for 2009-2010 models of the Lambda based crossovers including the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and the late Saturn Outlook. The recall is being made to inspect 2nd-row safety belts for damage that in rare cases could make an occupant think the belt is properly latched when it isn’t.
“There are 243,403 vehicles involved in the recall, the majority in the United States with several thousand exported vehicles in Canada, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia and small populations in other countries,” GM said in a statement. “GM discovered damaged second-row safety belt buckles among warranty returns. There are no known cases where 2nd-row safety belts have failed to perform properly in a crash.”
GM said that some vehicles may have a condition where the 2nd-row seat side trim shield restricts the upward rotation of the seat belt buckle when the seat back is returned to seating position after being folded flat.
“Because of the potential for a false-latch condition, we want customers to return their vehicles to have the recall repair performed as soon as possible,” said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety.
GM will start sending out letters to owners later this month allowing them to schedule appointments with their dealership to for a no-charge inspection and repair of the second-row belts.