General Motors has issued a safety recall for two different models which have been affected by a defective seat belt, according to filings submitted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The problem: GM says the lap belt pretensioner cables may not lock under certain conditions, allowing the seat belts to extend when pulled on rather than lock up. If the seat belts don’t remain locked in the event of a crash, occupants may not be fastened properly, increasing the chances of injury.
Number of affected vehicles: GM says about 48,114 vehicles in total are affected, all built between April 23rd, 2012 and May 1st, 2013.
The fix: GM says it will notify owners of the recall soon, at which point they will be able to bring it into a dealer who will replace the front driver’s and passenger’s lap belt pretensioners. Parts are not yet available, but owners will receive a notification when they become ready.
Contacts: Owners of affected vehicles may contact Buick at 1-800-521-7300 or Cadillac at 1-800-458-8006. If you think your vehicle may have been affected by a recall but are unsure, you may use this site to search GM recalls using your VIN.