General Motors will be issuing the new year in next month with letters to all 2011 Cadillac SRX and certain Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain owners.
The Problem? The automaker has discovered a seatbelt defect on certain SUVs that could cause the seatbelt buckle to fracture in the event of an accident. If the buckle fractures during an accident, it won’t restrain the occupants as designed and could result in serious injury. The defect involves a tab designed to prevent the buckle from rotating, but which may instead actually break the buckle. Only the front seatbelt buckles are affected.
Owner notification letters will be sent out on January 18, 2011, and ask owners of affected vehicles to bring it to a dealership. The dealers will then identify which seat(s) needs to be worked on and remove it (them). After removing the seat, the dealer will remove the seatbelt buckle and pound the anti-rotation tab into the slot it was originally cut from.
Approximately 97,843 2011 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain SUVs. All of the Cadillacs need to have work done, but only certain Chevy and GMC vehicles are affected.
via NHTSA, General Motors courtesy of Motor Trend Staff