Many states have recently instigated a new law called ‘click it, or ticket’. This means that if you’re caught driving or riding in a car without wearing a seatbelt, you can get fined. This law was put into place to help save the lives of both drivers and passengers in a car. Seat belts were originally put in place to help passengers stay safe, but if you’re driving a Chevy Impala, even buckling up may not be enough. The company has recently recalled over 322,000 Chevy Impala cars due to seatbelt malfunctioning.
If you’re like most people, you probably use your car everyday. Between school, work, groceries, and all the stops in between, you likely spend a great deal of time in your car. Most drivers feel confident and safe while driving, but you may need to rethink that.
The Chevy Impala seat belt recall is due to the anchors on the belts not being attached properly. If the anchors aren’t attached correctly, the seat belts will be little protection to you during a crash. Not only would they fail to keep you in place during a sudden impact, but this could also result in you flying through your windshield, and potentially killing you.
General Motors will fix the seat belts in your Chevy Impala free of charge. All you have to do is bring your car to the nearest Chevy dealer and they will inspect and replace the seat belt anchors if needed.
If you haven’t heard about the Chevy seat belt recall yet, you should be soon. All Impala owners will be getting a letter in the mail within the next few weeks, around October, 25th, 2010. This letter will give you more information on the recall and how to take the needed steps to correct it.
The Chevy seat belt recall is for both 2009 and 2010 Chevy Impalas. If you have either of these vehicles, it’s very important to bring them to your local dealer to have them repaired. While there have been no injuries reported so far due to the faulty seat belts, it’s just a matter of time before there are.
Some Chevy Impala owners will likely think that getting their car repaired is not worth the trouble, but it is. There are an estimated 12,500 automobile accidents per day. Of those that end fatally, two-thirds of the drivers weren’t wearing seat belts. Driving around with seat belts that are no longer functioning is a disaster waiting to happen.
No one wants to be involved in a car accident, but it happens everyday, even to the best of drivers. Getting the seat belts of your Chevy Impala checked and replaced is a small price to pay for your safety.
The Chevy Impala hasn’t been the first vehicle to be recalled by General Motors. In 2004, over 3.6 million pick-up trucks were recalled when the tailgates started to fall off. It took over a hundred incidents of the support cable failing before General Motors finally recalled their trucks.
Car recalls are becoming more common in recent years, and the recalls aren’t just limited to the Chevy Impala or even the General Motors company. At the start of the year, Toyota recalled over 2 million automobiles due to the gas pedals on them sticking. Before that, in 2004, Ford recalled over 14 million cars when they learned that the cruise control on their vehicles weren’t working correctly. Even if your car was off, you were at risk of your vehicle catching fire. Chrysler has also recently recalled over 20,000 vehicles due to a problem with the breaks.
The Chevy Impala seat belt recall may not be quite as serious as your car bursting into flames, but it is a part of something much bigger. These aren’t small problems. Having your gas pedal stick, your breaks fail, or even not having seat belts that work properly can result in serious consequences for the passengers in the car.
Over the years, vehicles being recalled due to safety problems have become more and more common. Millions of cars are being deemed as unsafe each year alone. The reality is that you may no longer be as safe in your car as you once believed.
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Rpmgo.com, “11 biggest auto recalls in history”
Paul Napoli, “GM recalls 322,409 Chevy Impalas because the Seatbelts may Not Work in a Crash”
Safety.lovetoknow.com, “Seatbelt Safety Facts”