GM recalls half a million full-size SUVs to fix seat belt issue
GM is recalling its redesigned full-size SUV models to address improperly riveted brackets securing the third-row seat belts that could fail in a crash. The population includes 2021-2022 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, 2021-2022 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and 2021-2022 model year GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, for a total of 484,155 vehicles.
“Operators at the supplier’s manufacturing plant may not have followed manufacturing processes correctly and inadvertently missed the rivet-forming operation,” GM said in its defect report to NHTSA. . “In certain of these vehicles, the rivet that secures the buckle to the mounting bracket in the left or right third row seat belt buckle assembly may not have been properly formed during the manufacturing process. If the third row seat belt assembly is not properly riveted, it may not restrain occupants in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.”
Fortunately, the solution is relatively simple. GM service technicians will inspect the rivets on the rear seat belt buckle assemblies and replace the entire unit if the rivets do not meet specifications. Notices to dealers have already been distributed; owners should receive notice of commencement in September.