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GM Recalls Over 480,000 Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac SUVs for Seat Belt Defect

Newer Suburbans, Tahoes, and Escalades need to have their third-row seat belts inspected and potentially replacedBy Keith BarrySome popular three-row SUVs will need a free repair because their th…

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Third-row seat belts in modern Suburbans, Tahoes, and Escalades should be inspected and possibly replaced.

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For the safety of passengers in the third row of certain popular three-row SUVs, a free fix is required. Cadillac Escalades, Escalade ESVs, Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons, and GMC Yukon XLs from the 2021 and 2022 model years are all included in the recall.

It’s possible the factory messed up when attaching the buckles to their third-row seat belts, causing the buckle assembly to break into pieces. The recall includes both the left and right seat belts. This means that passengers in the third row may not be safely restrained by the seat belts.

According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors is aware of eight incidents in which seat belt buckle assemblies separated; in all of these cases, no accidents or injuries resulted.

Following notification of the failures, the seat belt manufacturer altered its production procedures and added an extra inspection stage to guarantee that future batches of components would not suffer from the same flaw. Seat belt buckle assemblies in recalled vehicles will be inspected at no cost by dealers, and if necessary, new parts will be installed.

Vehicle owners affected by the recall may be eligible to receive a rental vehicle or courtesy transportation services from GM.

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Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs produced between March 16, 2020 and May 27, 2022; Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs produced between January 6, 2020 and May 27, 2022; Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs produced between June 24, 2020 and May 27, 2022

SUVs produced by GMC between November 12, 2019, and May 27, 2022

• GMC Yukon XL sport utility vehicles built between January 6, 2020 and May 27, 2022

An issue: The buckle assembly for the left or right third-row seat belt may have been defective due to improper formation of the rivet that retains the buckle to the mounting bracket. Such seatbelt buckles may not prevent injuries in the event of a collision.

As a solution, dealerships will check the affected vehicles and, if necessary, replace any defective components with newer, higher-quality versions at no cost to the customer.

This is how you can get in touch with the maker: On September 26, 2022, GM will begin sending out letters to affected vehicle owners. GM vehicle owners can also visit the GM Recall Center, call 800-222-1020 for Chevrolet, 800-458-8006 for Cadillac, and 800-462-8782 for GMC.

NHTSA’s campaign id is 22V617. GM has assigned the number N222372380 to this recall.

See if your car is affected by a current recall: Find out if there are any active recalls for your vehicle on the NHTSA website.

If the NHTSA website doesn’t return a recall notice when you enter the 17-digit VIN of your car, then there are no active recalls for your vehicle. We recommend checking back frequently to see if your vehicle has been recalled, as automakers issue them frequently, and for many older vehicles.