Auto giant General Motors is recalling hundreds of thousands of 2009 and 2010 3-row crossover vehicles due to a possible faulty seat belt latch. GM is telling owners of 243,043 Chevy Traverses, GMC Acadias, Buick Enclaves and Saturn Outlooks to come into their local GM dealerships to have the second-row seat belt shield trimmed to avoid a possible failure of the release latch during operation.
The problem occurs when the seat is erected back upright after being folded down. The company says this is when the plastic shield around the latch release button can get caught on the frame of the seat and shift, causing the red release button to be depressed.
207,000 of the affected vehicles were purchased in the United States, while the rest were distributed in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Canada and China. Owners will be sent notices in the mail to come in for repairs. Although there are no known cases of the belts malfunctioning during a crash, owners have been bringing in their vehicles for warranty repairs after noticing the problem.
When auto manufacturers have problems like this, consumers often want to sue the maker of the vehicle. And, although this is possible (recall or not), sometimes a third-party manufacturer is actually at fault. The auto manufacturer does not always make the seat belt mechanism. Or, sometimes, parts are assembled by outside companies who can also be found liable for injuries suffered. Only a lawyer can help you determine who is actually to blame.