GM Recalls 243,403 Vehicles for Safety Belt Buckle Problem

Chevrolet TraverseGeneral Motors is recalling 243,403 vehicles because of a potential safety problem where safety belts could appear to be properly latched when they are not.

The recall affects 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook, GM said today in a statement. Most of the vehicles are in the United States, with several thousand exported vehicles in countries such as Canada and Mexico also affected.

Second-row safety belt buckles could be damaged when the seat back is returned to an upright position after being laid flat, GM said. If this happens, the buckle may appear to latch, even when the latch mechanism is not fully engaged.

"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 discovered damaged safety belt buckles among warranty returns.

"So far, there are no known cases where second-row safety belts have failed to perform properly in a crash," the statement said.

Owners will start receiving letters this month to set up appointments with dealer service departments. Owners will not be charged for inspection and repair of the second-row belts.

Also See: Kia Faces Federal Probe | Honda to Recall About 400,000 Cars for Ignition Problems

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I've always owned either a Ford or a GM vehicle!! The only time I every got a piece of crap was when I bought a toyota!! What a piece of crap that was!! I know now why they call them rice burners! Got rid of it 6 months after I got it$$ And this recall is for a frecken seat belt not because of a problem with no breaks or stearing like toyota had! What I can't stand to see are these foreign pieces of crap having and American flag on them! If you're going to drive a foreign piece of crap, that cost as much if not more than an American made car, then at least have courtesy not to put an American flag on it!

August 18 2010 at 11:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

No big deal, they caught the problem and are fixing it. They didn`t try to hide the problem for years like some other company we know about.

August 18 2010 at 9:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Keep buying foreign products and keep putting more and more Americans out of work. Good going America, real smart. What if we had less Government control, more border control, and more products made and purchased in the USA?....Guess not, that would only strengthen the US economy and offer a future for the youth of a sovereign America. Who would want such a thing. Besides, the Obama administrated czar circus and his liberal sheep in Congress wouldn't allow it anyway. Those Socialist would pitch a big ole hissy and the unions and non-unions would have to start hiring more legal Americans.

August 18 2010 at 6:55 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am having a bumper sticker made up that will say "Lexus is the costume jewelry of cheap Japanese cars" FOR REAL. I will place it on my antique Bonneville with 600,000 miles and on my Dodge Dakota. Japanese car owners are wasted in the brain, especially pseudo important Lexus owners. There is NO LEXUS in Japan, they are branded as just another Toyota like the rest of the Toyota garbage. LEXUS IS THE COSTUME JEWELRY OF CHEAP JAPANESE CARS!

August 18 2010 at 4:40 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Drew's comment

That is so true

August 18 2010 at 8:52 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

You mean your Dodge Dakota which was built when Chrysler was owned by the German conglomerate Diamler? So much for your claim of buying American!

August 18 2010 at 1:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


August 18 2010 at 2:54 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply

well they are operating back to there true form again..hope the goverment is proud they own a chuck of these auto crap makers cars and GM lawsuits and read the pages # at top its in the hundreads of thousands. and lots of them have muti people suing under one suit. Way to go USA goverment investing in GM was a good way to cut back on the people you will have to pay SS to some day. GM has more killer cars and trucks than any other 4 auto companys put togeather over the years.

August 18 2010 at 1:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Way To Go GM!!! Sounds like you guys are running Lean and Mean now!!! What a joke!!!

August 17 2010 at 10:33 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply

Better have a congressional investigation on this. Oh no I forgot it's Obama motors. They get a free ticket. What a scam.

August 17 2010 at 10:26 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Government Motors and the Union still produce crap but we as taxpayers now have to foot the bill!!

August 17 2010 at 10:01 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
3 replies to krp2's comment

Who cares...get it fixed....BUY AMERICAN !!!!!!!!

August 17 2010 at 9:51 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply