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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 14, 2015

GM recalls nearly 522,000 vehicles to correct seat belt and seat frame defects

By John Dumoulin

General Motors, LLC, has recalled approximately 521,816 model year 2011-2012 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles and model year 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks and because of seat frame and safety belt defects. In the Chevrolet Malibu vehicles, the flexible steel cable that connects the safety belt to the vehicle can fatigue and separate over time as a result of occupant movement in the seat, according to GM. The Chevy Malibu recall affects approximately 437,045 Chevrolet Malibus in the United States and another 31,842 in Canada, Mexico, and exports. (General Motors Media Statements, May 14, 2015).

In the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks, certain seat frame attachment hooks were not properly attached to the vehicle body during assembly. The recalls affect about 48,309 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon trucks in the United States and another 4,620 in Canada.

GM is not aware of any crashes, injuries, or fatalities related to the condition involving the seat frame attachment hooks. For the safety belt issue, GM knows of 36 claims, no crashes or fatalities, and one minor injury reportedly related to the condition.

Remedy. For the issue of the seat frame attachment hooks, dealers will inspect the potentially affected seats for proper installation and repair, if necessary. For the safety belt issue, dealers will replace the outboard lap mounting bracket to relocate the tensioner slightly rearward. Dealers will inspect and cable and, if necessary, replace the lap pretentioner.

Contact information. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Companies: General Motors, LLC

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