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GM Recalls Over 200,000 Crossovers

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On: Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 1:35PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

GM Recalls Over 200,000 Crossovers

 The latest company to hop on the automotive recall band wagon is General Motors.  The company announced today that it is recalling 243,000 crossovers including the Chevy Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Arcadia, and Saturn Outlook, for a problem that interferes with the latch mechanism of the safety belts in the rear seats.

The recall involves 2009 and 2010 model years and most of the vehicles were sold in the United States.  Several thousand exported vehicles were recalled in Canada, Mexico, China, Saudi Arabia and other countries.

According to a recent statement by a GM spokesperson, the seat belts will be checked “for damage that in rare cases could make an occupant think the belt is properly latched when it isn’t.”  The seatbelts that are affected are in the 2nd row of vehicles designed with three rows of seats, occurring when the seats are returned to an upright position after being folded down.

Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety commented; “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.”

The faulty seat belts were identified as a safety issue during warranty returns and General Motors promptly filed a report with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA).

The recall is just one in a successive pattern of automotive recalls this year in the midst of the highly publicized Toyota safety recalls that have motivated automakers to take action very quickly, as soon as any potential problems do occur. Toyota Motor Co. recalled over 8 million vehicles since November for problems with unintended acceleration. The Japanese car maker continues to address legal issues related to "sticky gas pedals," and the company received the biggest fine in history for not reporting knowledge of potential safety hazards in a timely manner.

The automotive industry is projected to recall somewhere around 20 million vehicles this year, the highest number since 2004.


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