On November 24th, Safercar.gov reported that General Motors was initiating a recall that could affect approximately 192,676 GM and Isuzu pickup trucks because of an issue with the system that secures child safety seats. Included in the recall are GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado models manufactured between 2004 and 2011, I-280 and I-350 Isuzu pickup models manufactured in 2006 and I-370 models that were manufactured in 2007 and 2008.
All of the pickup trucks that are being recalled have bench-style front seats and no rear seats. The problem with the trucks is that owners aren’t able to reach the top child seat anchor for the front seat’s center. Additionally, the owner’s manual for each of the trucks doesn’t have instructions on how to use the top anchor.
GM as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) discourages owners from placing child safety seats in the front seats of motor vehicles. The NHTSA has stated that the access deficiency to the top tether anchor as well as the lack of instructions in the owner’s manual could cause owners to improperly install their child safety seat which would increase the risk of injury or death of a child in an accident.
According to GM spokesman Alan Adler, no accidents or injuries have been linked to problems with the recalled pickup trucks. To fix the problem, dealers will cut a hole in the back panel of the pickup truck to allow access to the top tether anchor for the front seats. The auto manufacturer will also give owners information regarding how to secure child safety seats properly.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles, contact GM at 1-866-996-9463, Chevrolet at 1-800-630-2438, or Isuzu at 1-800-255-6727. You may also visit the GM website at www.gmownercenter.com for more information about the recall.
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