General Motors recalls 700,000 SUVs in the US due to potentially deadly defect that prevents children’s car seats from being strapped in securely
General Motors is recalling hundreds of thousands of SUVs due to concerns they pose lethal dangers to children.
The American carmaker issued a voluntary recall for more than 680,000 2020 to 2023 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs.
The issue is a defect with the rear-seat lower anchor bars being excessively coated with powder, preventing a car seat from strapping in properly.
Owners are advised to install child seats using the vehicle’s rear seat belts until the remedy is complete.
GM has said no issues have been reported but is recalling the vehicles to ensure none happen in the future.
The recall includes certain 2020 to 2023 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain (pictured) SUVs
In 1999, NHTS issued a safety standard for child restraint anchorage systems that ‘requires all new passenger vehicles to have child restraint anchorage systems meeting specified strength, configuration, marking, and other requirements,’ reads the agency’s website.
Called Standard No. 225, NHTS mandates that child restraint anchorage systems provide at least a minimum level of safety.
GM’s supplier, Amvian Mexico, did not monitor the variation of powder coat applied to the anchorages, Jalopnik reports.
The mistake resulted in bars of 6.34 and 6.41 millimeters when the standard calls for no more than six millimeters.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates 454,722 Chevrolet Equinox models are affected and 213,465 GMC Terrain models, all within the 2020-2023 model years.
While the recall was posted to NHTS’s website, GM did so voluntarily after discovering the faulty bars.
The American carmaker is said to have issued the warning to dealers on May 11 but is set to notify specific owners on June 26 – those who have not turned in their vehicles.
This recall comes just days after news that a manufacturer of airbag components in Tennessee has refused to recall 67 million devices that could explode and hurl shrapnel at motorists during a crash.
The issue stems from excessive powder covering the rear-seat lower anchor bars, which could prevent a car seat from strapping in properly
The defective airbags are fitted in a variety of GM cars, which have caused two deaths and injured seven in the US and Canada, according to NHTSA.
ARC Automotive in Knoxville could now be heading for a legal battle with U.S. auto safety regulators after refusing to request that the potentially dangerous air bag inflators being recalled.
The recall would cover a large portion of the 284 million vehicles now on roads, but the percentage is difficult to determine. Some have ARC inflators for both the driver and the front passenger.
The 67 million airbag inflators that NHTSA wants to be recalled were all produced in the 18-year period before January 2018, when ARC installed equipment to help inspect inflators, according to the company.