More than 1.04 million GMC pickups are being voluntarily recalled by General Motors worldwide over new-found seat belt defects. The biggest automaker in the U.S. has also answered to speculation on whether the recalls were due to injury-related reports, to which the company denied any involvement.
GMC Sierra 500s and Chevrolet Silverados from the 2014-2015 line were the models involved in the seat belt issue, in an AutoNews report. Up to 895,232 vehicles from the said line are included in the recall for the U.S. alone while a stop-sale order has been announced to hold purchases of nearly 3,000 new pickups that are currently on display in dealerships.
Warranty data reported to GM revealed that the pickups' flexible steel cable, which connects the protective device (seat belt) to the truck, could separate any time especially if the driver has been bending the cable repeatedly upon seating. Dealers are advised to do the following measures to correct the problem: enlarge side shield entry, tension bracket installation, and if necessary, replace the entire tensioner assembly.
The company also noted that the cost of the big recall still completely covers its standard and customary warranty reserve. The expected costs are also being considered and "is not expected to be significant", according to the news agency.
GM's recall information on its site gives more specific details on how affected pickup owners can verify if their vehicle is included. It is important for owners to know the VIN (vehicle identification number) as it needs to be entered on the site to determine next steps.
The company will notify its customers via post mail within 60 days after the recall announcement. Although it may take several days for the GM Owner Center to respond to reported cases, however, the company assures to diligently communicate any issues to its customers in the soonest way possible.