General Motors Recalls SUVs Because Seat Belts May Become Damaged

Nearly 95,000 Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC full-sized SUVs have problems with third-row seat belts

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General Motors is recalling certain 2021 model-year Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles with third-row seating.

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The problem stems from outboard seat belts that may have been misrouted or trapped behind the folding apparatus for the third-row seats during vehicle assembly. This could result in damaged seat belts that can break during a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the seat occupant.

All of the affected models are from the 2021 model year and were built before Nov. 18, 2020. Models without a third-row seat are not being recalled.

This recall involves 94,641 SUVs. The recall is expected to begin on May 3, 2021.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: 2021 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL models built before Nov. 18, 2020.

The problem: The outboard seat belts for the third-row seats may have been entrapped or misrouted behind the outboard seat-folding mechanism during assembly.

The fix: Dealerships will inspect the third-row outboard seat belts, replace damaged belts, and reroute them if necessary, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturers: Cadillac customer service can be reached at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, and GMC at 800-462-8782.

NHTSA campaign number: 21V-190. GM’s reference number for this recall is N202313000.

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