Safety is first and foremost on many people's minds when purchasing a car, and after learning that it's seatbelts might not properly secure occupants in the event of a crash, General Motors issued a recall for 2009-10 Chevrolet Impalas. Chrysler also issued a safety related recall involving miscertification of a number of Ram trucks.
The Problem: According to GM's NHTSA filing, the problem lies with the front seatbelt anchorages. Some of the seatbelts may not be properly secured to the lapbelt pretensioner. This could lead to the seatbelts not restraining occupants as intended in the event of an accident, which could lead to greater injury.
The Fix: Impala owners will be notified and asked to bring their vehicle to a dealership for inspection. The dealers will assess the seatbelt anchors and make the necessary adjustments or replace the anchors entirely. The recall will begin by October 26, 2010.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 303,100
The Problem: Certain Ram trucks (bodystyles D2, DS, and DJ) have had the wrong certification and tire pressure information labels affixed to them. Information on this label includes tire pressures, seating capacity, and vehicle weight rating. If the wrong label is fixed to the truck and the consumer follows the information found on it, it could increase the risk of a crash.
The Fix: As easy as it sounds. New, and correct, labels will be shipped to owners and they can either install it themselves or take it to the dealership for free installation. The recall will begin sometime this month.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 840