Chevy and GMC to fix seatbelt’s wire cable connection

General Motors has issued a voluntary recall for 895,232 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks from the 2014 and 2015 model year. The safety recall centers on the flexible steel cable that connects the seatbelt to the driver’s seat. Over time, the cable can fatigue and separate from the driver repeatedly bending the cable when entering the seat.

GM says there have been no reports of crashes, injuries, or fatalities to the issue, which came to light through warranty data.

Chevrolet and GMC dealers will enlarge the side shield opening around the cable and install a pusher bracket on the seatbelt tensioner. Worn tensioner assemblies will be replaced. Like any recall, the work will be done without cost to the customer.

The recall also covers roughly 3,000 new 2014 and 2015 trucks still on dealer lots. These trucks have a stop-sale order until the recall work has been completed. Still more trucks are included – those sold in other countries like Canada and Mexico, along with places in Latin American and the Middle East. All told, the recall includes 1,037,982 pickup trucks.

There’s no word on whether the Silverado HD and Sierra HD pickups suffer from the same seatbelt issue, or if GM will issue a similar recall for 2500- and 3500-series pickups.

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Why It Matters

Safety is a big concern for consumers these days and having seatbelts that may not work properly is a big deal. It’s great to see GM be proactive on this issue rather than letting it go unmentioned. This is a good sign that GM is taking a new approach to handling safety problems. The company’s ignition switch debacle is still ongoing and has cost the company millions, not to mention the lives lost.

Anyway, good for GM to address this seatbelt issue before it became a major problem.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 High Country

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Source: General Motors

Press Release

DETROIT – GM is voluntarily recalling 895,232 model year 2014-15 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 pickups in the United States because the flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can fatigue and separate over time as a result of the driver repeatedly bending the cable when entering the seat.

This issue was discovered through warranty data, and there have been no reports of crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this issue.

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 United States includes a stop-sale of approximately 3,000 new 2014 and 2015 model year pickups still on dealer lots. Dealers will repair the vehicles prior to delivering them to customers.

Customers will be notified by General Motors. They also can look up their vehicle identification number (VIN) at either https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/ website or at https://my.gm.com/web/portal/ownercenter to see if their vehicle is part of the recall.

GM also will voluntarily recall and repair these models in other countries where they are sold, 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. The cost of the recall is not expected to be significant and is covered within normal and customary warranty reserves.

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