Seatbelts are an integral part of vehicle safety in the event of an accident and in order to ensure they function properly, General Motors is recalling 2011 Cadillac SRX, Chevrolet Equinox, and GMC Terrain SUVs.
The Problem: GM discovered a seatbelt defect on certain 2011 Cadillac SRX, Chevy Equinox, and GMC Terrain 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.
The Fix: 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.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 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.
1998-2002 Honda Passport
The Problem: Honda discovered the effect excessive roadway salting has on cars as a number of Passports built between 1998 and 2002 are showing signs of excessive corrosion in the rear suspension. This corrosion could cause the lower trailing link to come disconnected from the frame increasing the possibility of a crash. Only Passports in the so-called salt belt states are affected including: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio amongst others.
The Fix: Honda is notifying owners of affected vehicles and encouraging the owners to take their Passport to a dealer for inspection. If the lower trailing link is showing signs of excess corrosion, the dealership will replace the part.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: 35,984 Honda Passports built between 1998 and 2002.
Source: NHTSA, Honda