When Volvo invented the three-point seat belt, it opened its patent and let automakers use its technology free of charge, because it could save countless amounts of lives. That has no bearing on GM’s seat belt recall, but I’m not a fan of droll introductions.
General Motors is recalling 895,232 pickup trucks across two models — the 2014-2015 Chevrolet Silverado and the 2014-2015 GMC Sierra 1500 — over concerns with its seat belt assembly. It’s also stopped the sale of some 3,000 new trucks still on dealer lots (yes, there are still new 2014s milling about).
Apparently, a flexible cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle can come loose, as getting into the seat causes that cable to bend. If that cable comes loose at a bad time, the seat belt won’t be as effective in an accident, which can lead to injuries that would otherwise not be sustained.
To prevent this issue, dealerships will fix the issue by enlarging the “side shield opening” and installing a bracket on the seat belt tensioner. If that’s not sufficient, it will swap out the entire tensioner assembly.