GM Recall: Seat Belts May Not Automatically Lock When Fully Pulled Out From Retractor

an assembly that doesn't automatically lock can prevent a child seat from being secured

GM Recall: Seat Belts May Not Automatically Lock When Fully Pulled Out From Retractor
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October 22, 2018

General Motors (GM) is recalling nearly 16,000 Cadillac CT6, Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Suburban, Volt, and GMC Yukon XL vehicles from the 2018 and 2019 model years. Certain second-row or third-row rear seatbelts retractor assemblies may not automatically lock when the seatbelt is fully pulled out from the retractor, possibly preventing a child seat from being properly secured.

What's the problem?

In these vehicles, a child seat can be installed in the rear seats using either the LATCH anchorage system or the vehicle's seatbelts. To permit the installation of a child seat using a seatbelt, the vehicle's rear-seatbelt retractor assemblies are equipped with automatic-locking retractors, or ALRs, that are designed to lock the seatbelt when it is fully pulled out from the retractor.

In some of these vehicles, an ALR may not lock the seatbelt when it is fully pulled out from the retractor. An unlocked seatbelt, if used to secure a child seat, will fail to properly secure a child seat, increasing the risk of injury to a child-seat occupant in a crash. This condition is detectable during child-seat installation and does not impact the seatbelt's emergency-locking mechanisms, which automatically lock the seatbelt during crash events.

What happens next?

GM will notify owners and dealers will inspect the rear seatbelt retractors and replace them if necessary free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. The parts needed to complete the required repair are not yet available.

Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at (800) 458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at (800) 222-1020 or GMC customer service at (800) 462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 18315.