GM Recall 2010 on Isuzu, Chevrolet and GMC models due to Child Seat problems

By on Nov 25, 2010 in Automobile, United States, World Comments
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A total of 192,676 compact pickup trucks manufactured by General Motors (GM) are being recalled due to a defective child-seat anchor system, according to  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website. The NHTSA explained that the recall is due to GM‘s non-compliance of the federal safety standards.

The affected vehicles includes the following models and year of manufacture:

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
GMC / CANYON2004-2011
ISUZU / I-280/I-3502006
ISUZU / I-290/I-3702007-2008

The affected models covers both regular and extended cab vehicles without a rear seat and equipped with a front 60/40 split Bench seat. According to the report of the NHTSA, the top tether anchor for the front center seat is not accessible and the owner’s manual did not indicate how to operate it. The child restraint will not ensure security with the absence of the anchor. The inaccessibility of the top anchor and the absence of proper usage guide of using it may lead to wrong setup of the child restraint. This problem may reduce the restraint performance during a crash, according to NHTSA. GM has no reported injuries, crashes or complaints about this problem

As a remedy, dealers will cut a hole into the back panel trim cover to provide access to the top tether anchor. The dealers will also provide an owner’s manual supplement that will contains a guide on how to install a child restraint using a top tether in the center position.

The vehicle owners may contact the NHTSA Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit their website.

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