May 27, 2014: Last week, GM announced a recall of another 2.4 million vehicles. For those keeping score, that brings the total number of recalled cars and trucks in 2014 to over 13.7 million. For perspective, GM has now recalled more vehicles in the last 5 months than they’ve sold in the last 5 years combined. I’m not great at business, but that doesn’t seem like a sustainable model.
At this point, if you have a GM vehicle that was built in the last 10 years that hasn’t been recalled, I wouldn’t blame you for starting to feel a little left out. Well, welcome to the GM recall club – although I warn you, it’s getting pretty crowded in here.
We’re all used to having certain parts of our cars wear down over time and eventually needing to replace them – stuff like tires, brakes, timing belts, seat belts … wait, seat belts? Yep. At least for GM who just recalled 1.4 million SUVs and told dealers to stop selling any new or used inventory because a cable in the front seat belt can wear down and break over time. Putting on a broken seat belt is like a bit like putting on a parachute without buckling it … it looks safe and all, but that’s about it.
The following cars are affected:
GM dealers will repair and replace the lap pretensioner. No date has been set for the recall. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Buick at 1-800-521-7300 and GMC at 1-800-462-8782.