General Motors has issued a recall for certain compact pickups due to an unaccessible child seat tether in the front centre seat.
While GM discourages placement of a child seat in that position because of its proximity to the airbag, the tether is required by federal motor vehicle safety standards in Canada and the US.
The recall affects 192,676 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups from 2004 to 2011, and certain 2007-2008 Isuzu i280 and i370 pickups equipped with a front bench seat. Dealers will make the top tether anchor in the front centre seat position accessible free of charge.
GM Recalls Compact Pickups Missing Child Seat Tether
DETROIT — General Motors is recalling 192,676 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon regular cab and extended cab pickup trucks from the 2004-2011 model years and certain 2007-2008 Isuzu i280 and i370 vehicles equipped with a front 60/40 split bench seat.
This is because the child restraint top tether anchor for the front center seat position in these vehicles is not accessible as required by federal motor vehicle safety standards in the United States and Canada.
Without the top tether anchor, the child restraint may not be properly secured. Though the safety standards require the presence of the tether anchorage, GM strongly discourages the use of the center seat position for a child seat because of its proximity to the air bag in a crash.
If a child seat is necessary in a vehicle with no rear seat, GM recommends using the child seat in the right side passenger seat where a top tether anchor is already accessible. Dealers are to service all vehicles subject to this noncompliance recall at no charge to customers, regardless of mileage, age of vehicle, or ownership if the customer requests the repair at any time.
GM knows of no crashes or injuries related to this condition.
Source: General Motors