GM recalls nearly half a million large SUVs for possible seat belt issues

The full-size SUV produced by the brand under the General Motors umbrella is the subject of a new safety recall involving seat belts. Only models from 2021 and 2022 with third-row seats are affected.

The recall focuses on the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe and Chevrolet Suburban. That includes the extended Cadillac Escalade ESV and GMC Yukon XL. The problem stems from the rivets securing the seat belt buckles to the mounting brackets on the left or right side of the third row seats. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the rivets may not form properly. Thus, there is a possibility that the seat belts fail to hold the passenger properly, increasing the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident.

In a safety recall report on this matter, General Motors stated there were no known injuries as a result of this issue. The company was notified of the potential problem in May 2022, when a customer reported a third-row seatbelt buckle in the 2021 Suburban that separated from the mount. The investigation found seven other field reports that may have been caused by the same problem, which appeared to have come from a supplier not properly manufacturing the large rivets.

As you might expect, the Chevrolet Tahoes made up the bulk of the recall with 176,981 potential units affected. 97,436 Yukon are on the list, followed by 84,338 Suburban, 58,606 Yukon XL, 41,636 Escalade, and 25,158 Escalade ESV. In total, 484,155 vehicles were included in the recall. However, it should be noted that General Motors estimates that only two percent of these SUVs may have faulty seat belts.

The fix is ​​quite simple. Vehicle owners will have their third row seat belt checked by the dealer. If a damaged rivet is found, the seat belt buckle assembly will be replaced. GM notified dealers of the recall on August 11; Customer notification is expected to begin on September 26.

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