Detroit, Michigan – General Motors will conduct a voluntary safety recall of 2009-2010 Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook models to inspect the second-row seatbelts. The company said the belts could be damaged and, in rare cases, could make an occupant think the belt is properly latched when it isn’t. GM discovered damaged second-row seatbelt buckles among warranty returns, but said there are no known cases where the belts have failed to perform properly in a crash.
The recall involves 243,403 vehicles, most of them in the U.S., along with Canada, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia.
Some vehicles may have a condition where the seat side trim shield in the second row restricts the upward rotation of the seatbelt buckle when the seat back is returned to a seating position after being folded flat. If the buckle contacts the seat frame, it may receive cosmetic damage when the seat is returned to its upright position. When this occurs, the customer may notice that additional effort is required to return the seat to its upright position.
If sufficient force is applied, the buckle cover could be pushed down the strap, exposing and partially depressing the red release button, and the button may not travel as far as designed when it is depressed. The buckle may not latch or unlatch, and may appear to be jammed. In rare instances, the buckle may appear to latch when the latch mechanism is not fully engaged.
Owners will receive letters to schedule appointments with their dealers for a no-charge inspection and repair of the second-row belts.