In this week’s round of recalls: General Motors SUVs are being recalled due to a faulty seat belt buckle., a limited number of Nissan Armada sport-utes are having their second-row seat hinges repaired, and child restraint tether wires may need correcting in Nissan to a potentially faulty second-row seat hinge and child restraint tether wires were welded incorrectly in some Nissan Frontiers, prompting a recall.
The Problem: Second-row seat belt buckles can become damaged after use. When second-row seats are returned to an upright position after being folded, the buckles’ covers can become loose and slide down, possibly depressing the release button. Should an accident occur, the seat belt may not hold passengers as intended.
The fix: Dealers will modify the second-row seat trim and replace broken safety buckles free of charge. Owners will be contacted on or before August 31, and can contact General Motors at gmownercenter.com. The NHTSA-assigned campaign ID number is 10V375000.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 207,210
The Problem: Armadas produced between June 7 and 11, roughly 174 vehicles in total, may have been built with a faulty second-row center seat hinge. These hinges may contain a manufacturing defect that prevents them from securely locking in the upright position, reducing its integrity in a collision.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect hinges for proper functionality and will replace the parts if discovered to be out of spec. Owners will be notified by August 30, and will receive the fix free of charge. The NHTSA-assigned campaign ID number is 10V371000. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 for more information.
Number of vehicles potentially affected: 174
The Problem: King Cab Frontier pickups built between June 10 and June 26, 2010 have been recalled for faulty child seat anchors. According to Nissan, the anchor wire may have been insufficiently welded to the seat gusset, possibly allowing it to detach during a collision.
The Fix: Nissan will replace the seat gussets free of charge. Customers will be notified on or before September 1. The NHTSA-assigned campaign ID number is 10V372000, and Nissan can be reached at 800-647-7261.
The NHTSA can be reached at 888-327-4236 or on the Web at Safercar.gov.