Every car company recalls their cars. They don’t like it, but they do it because of their fear of being sued in a massive action for wrongful death. So, General Motors (GM) is no exception to that rule. Last month they issued two recalls. The first was a 1,700 car recall due to their failure to meet federal safety requirements. The requirement was a big one: the Occupant Crash Protection requirement number 208. This recall was related to Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana automobiles manufactured between the summer of 2011 (6/2/2011) through the fall of that year (10/17/2011). Some of the vehicles have a defective second stage airbag issue that caused the airbag to fail under certain circumstances, including front end collisions. Don’t mess around with an airbag defect. You will need that airbag if someone blows a red light or stops short on the highway! This recall started last year in November or December and will continue through getting all the cars repaired at no cost to the owners. If you have questions, please contact the General Motors Company (800)462-8782 or Chevrolet at (800)222-1020. You can tell them that you’re calling about NHTSA ID Number: 11V543000.
The second recall was for a seat belt problem in 5200 cars. The same safety rules (Safety Rule 208) were violated when they manufactured the seat belt warning device, which did not have the proper electronic connections when the seat belt buckles were fastened. This defect is apparent on the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado vehicles. The time period that the seat belt defect occurred was short, between September 9, 2011 and October 19, 2011, but it involved a LOT of vehicles. So, if you have either a Canyon or a Colorado, get it checked. The repair is free and your seat belt may save your life someday. If you have any concerns about whether your vehicle fits this recall lot please contact GMC at (866)996-9463 or Chevrolet at (800)630-2438 for NHTSA ID Number: 11V552000.