Child seats cannot be installed – General Motors recalls about 668,000 vehicles in the US

GM recalls 668k US vehicles, child seats can't be installed

【PhoneAuto News】 On May 19th, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States, General Motors announced a recall of a total of 668,187 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles from 2020-2023.

Chevrolet Equinox

The announcement stated that the reason for the recall is that the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system for child safety seats may contain too much powder coating on the anchor bars, making it difficult to install the child seat and increasing the risk of injury in an accident.

NHTSA recall announcement

In March 2023, the Canadian Department of Transportation notified General Motors that its GMC Terrain did not pass compliance testing. The department found that the diameter of the lower anchorage points for child seats was 6.34 and 6.41 millimeters, exceeding the Canadian regulation requirement of 6±0.1 millimeters. This error makes it difficult to install child seats with anchor bars in affected vehicles. General Motors later found that some factories used paint suppliers that did not meet production requirements, and in investigations of its own brand models by many internal employees, it was found that nearly 78% of the vehicles had this problem. On April 5th, after the investigation was completed, General Motors implemented control and rework at its production site in San Luis Potosi, and vehicles produced thereafter no longer had this problem.

However, General Motors stated that it has not received any on-site complaints or warranty claims related to this issue. General Motors stated that it will remove and replace the powder coating on the anchoring bars of affected vehicles, and vehicle owners will receive notifications by mail on June 26th, and are advised to place the child safety seats in the rear seats.

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