Seat belts are critical to passenger safety, and an unsecured seat belt bracket in the front-row center seating position of approximately 624,200 GM vehicles is prompting a recall. Affected vehicles are model-year 2019-21 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks; model-year 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs, and GMC Yukon XL SUVs; model-year 2020-21 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 pickups, and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickups. (Chevrolet and GMC are brands under GM.)
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In these vehicles, the seat belt bracket may not be secured to the center-seat frame. If the bracket is not secured, the seat belt may not restrain the occupant in the front-center seat increasing the risk of injury in a crash. Obviously, vehicles without a front center seat — which is to say, outboard bucket seats — don’t have the problem.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left- and right-side bracket attachments for the center belt and reassemble them correctly as necessary, free of charge. The recall is estimated to begin Feb. 1, 2021. Owners with questions may contact Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, GMC at 800-462-8782 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236. They also can visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.
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