GM Recalling Colorado, Canyon Pickups with Seat Belt Issue

By Trevor Dorchies | November 28, 2011
General Motors is recalling certain 2012 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks to sort out faulty safety-belt systems.  Trucks built from September 9 through October 19 are believed to have electrical connectors that don’t fit together properly on the driver's safety-belt buckle. If the connectors aren't in sync, the system can't tell the driver when the seatbelt isn't secured correctly. GM believes 5220 trucks are affected and while it's not a huge number this can be a serious problem. GM has been planning to shelve production of the mid-size trucks but has committed to production for the 2012 model year, and already unveiled the next-generation Colorado in Thailand earlier this month. But before that model hits the U.S. market in 2013, the current Colorado's sunset years have been rough. The Colorado has already been called back four times in 2011, with problems varying from the rear axle suspension containing faulty parts to a nut on the windshield wiper crank arm motor not being properly tightened. If you think you're in possession of an affected vehicle, you can call Chevrolet at (800) 630-2438 and GMC at (866) 996-9463. Dealerships will inspect the seatbelt connectors and replace them free of charge if necessary. The recall is expected to begin on November 30th. You can also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle safety hotline at (888) 327-4236 or (800) 424-9153 and reference campaign ID number 11V552000.
Source: The Wall Street Journal