General Motors has issued a recall for certain examples of the 2021 model year Chevy Tahoe full-size SUV due to an issued related to the second row center seat belt latch.
The problem: in affected vehicles, the second-row center seat belt latch may be trapped beneath the trim bezel and therefore not accessible by the occupant for use. This would prevent the center seat passenger from being able to latch their seatbelt.
The hazards: an occupant who rides unbelted in the second-row center seating position has an increased risk of injury in a crash. Additionally, a vehicle that is produced with an inaccessible second-row center seat latch does not fully conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.
The fix: dealers will remove the trim bezel for the second-row center seat belt and correctly position the seat belt latch plate before reinstalling the trim bezel. This labor will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner. Repair parts are not required to address this non-compliance recall.
Affected components: second-row center seat belt latch.
Owners should: owners of affected GM SUVs will be contacted by the automaker and instructed to make an appointment with their dealer. Those owners who may be unsure whether or not their vehicle is affected by this recall can visit my.gm.com/recalls and type in their VIN to view any open recalls or other actions that may be active on it.
GM also issued a recall for other 2021 model year full-size SUVs this week for an issue related to the third-row seat belts, which may have been damaged during the vehicles’ production process. These recalls are not related to one another.