By Colin Bird on November 24, 2010
General Motors is recalling 185,000 compact pickup trucks that share the same the platform because the child-seat anchor system doesn’t comply with federal safety standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nameplates involved in the recall include the 2004-2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon twins, as well as the discontinued 2006 Isuzu i-280 and i-350 and 2007-2008 Isuzu i-290 and i-370.
In the affected vehicles – configured as either a regular or extended cab, without a rear seat and equipped with a front 60/40-split bench seat – the child-seat anchor system is positioned in a way that is inaccessible and not properly secure. Also, the owner’s manual doesn’t contain a step-by-step procedure for installing the child restraint.
NHTSA and GM discourage placing car seats in the front row of a vehicle; the above models have no backseat to place a child-safety seat. Without the top anchor secure, the car seat may not be properly restrained, increasing the risk of injury to a child in an accident.
GM dealers will make the appropriate adjustments to the front anchor system and will supply supplemental instructions to owners at no charge. Owners can contact Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, GMC at 866-996-9463, Isuzu at 800-255-6727 or NHTSA's vehicle safety hot line at 888-327-4236.