One of my very first favorite cars was a Chevy Impala: style, grace, room and awesome. General Motors (GM) recently revived the sporty, stylish Impala, selling over 300,000 of them in 2009 and 2010. Now the owners are being told that recall notices will be sent soon.
Why the recall?
ThirdAge.com spells it out quite simply: the seat belts may not hold, and passengers in the front seat will not be restrained during a crash.
How will it be fixed?
Dealers will inspect the anchors holding the belts (located by the front door). If the ring was installed incorrectly, the anchors will be reinstalled. There is no charge for the inspection or reinstallation.
How will I be notified?
GM expects to have letters sent out to the 322,409 customers no later than October 26, 2010. However, you do not have to wait to be notified. Take the car to the dealership for the inspection and repair, if needed.
What happens if I don’t respond to the recall?
If you are in a collision and the seat belt anchor gives way, you will be damaged or killed. Your passenger might suffer the same fate. By ignoring the recall, it could be considered waiving the opportunity to pursue GM for any liability due to the seat belt anchor being installed wrong.
How did GM discover the problem?
GM said in a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the discovery was made during 32 warranty reports. No injuries or fatalities have been caused by this problem.
What unusual things were discovered during this research?
Reuters reports that General Motors reported 322,409 Impalas affected by the seat belt recall. The NHTSA reports that 303,100 are being recalled.
Squidoo reports that all Impalas are built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, which is where the recalled Impalas were built between April 2008 and March 2010.
A quick recap is that GM discovered a few seat belts in Chevy Impalas were not threaded correctly. The seat belt itself is fine, but the anchor ring connecting the belt to the car frame needs checked for all 2009 and 2010 Chevrolet Impalas. Be gracious, be smart: go to your Chevy dealer and have your belt rings checked now. Please do not become the first statistic.
ThirdAge.com staff, Chevy Impala Recall hits 300,000 cars with bad seat belts
Reuters Staff, Update 1 – GM recalls Chevy Impalas on seat belt issue
Elizabeth Fuller, Chevy Impalas recalled: a really simple mistake
Squidoo, Chevy Impala
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