More than 300,000 Chevrolet Impala owners will receive letters prior to October 26th urging the owner to bring their car in for an inspection. This recall is in response to approximately thirty consumer complaints of improper threading of the passenger and/or driver’s side seat belt. There have been no reports of death or even speculations of injury with these belts. Most cases of improper threading appeared over time and the owner simply reported it to be fixed under the manufacturer’s warranty. Due to the several Toyota recalls in that past few years the word ‘recall’ scares many consumers. It is important to realize that this problem is an easy fix and your Impala can be inspected and fixed free of charge if you bring it town to a Chevy dealership.
This weakness in the seat belts have no caused any damage to vehicle owners but it is a possibility. Although there have been no reported cases, if the seat belt were to be weak during a crash it may not be adequate to keep the occupant safe. Specifically it is the lap-belt anchor that poses the potential hazard. It does not hold the belt in a stable position if the threading isn’t done correctly. The seat belt itself may come un-anchored from the vehicle under stress.
The quick and easy remedy for this problem is to simply bring your 2009 or 2010 Chevy Impala to the local Chevrolet dealer and they will fix the problem with no hassle to the owner. Although the letters do not go out for another week, Impala owners are more than welcome to bring in their vehicle early. There are no parts that need to be replaced but a trained professional will simply re-thread the seat belt to the anchor. It doesn’t take long and there will be no heavy paperwork or burden of proof on the owner. GM is taking full responsibility for this mistake and wants all vehicles fixed with the least amount of hassle for the consumer.
Future Impala Owners
Currently the word recall strikes fear into all vehicle owners. This is because we associate a product recall with something that may potentially harm us and has already harmed others. It is important not to panic over this GM recall. It is low-profile compared to many of the recent car manufacturing mistakes made by other companies. It is also important to remember that any 2009 or 2010 Chevrolet Impala purchased from a dealership will already have the fix. When purchasing a used car from an individual be sure to inquire about the recall and if you have any doubt what-so-ever then bring it in to a dealership to have it checked out. Some vehicle owners may discard a letter from GM as junk mail without reading it or decide they don’t want to bring it in because they are selling it anyhow. Protect yourself by getting the car inspected prior to purchase.
The Detroit News