There’s a big shadow cast over safety systems in our cars as of late – mostly due to the millions of airbags recalled by Takata and its automotive partners – but it appears some automakers have issues with other safety elements as well.
The National Highway Transport Safety Administration (NHTSA) has recently announced a recall for Chevrolet SS and Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit models, which have seat trim problems that may cause a seatbelt tensioner issue. According to a bulletin issued by the NHTSA, as the driver enters and exits the car, the cable could be bent over the seat side shield. Repeat that action enough and could lead to the early fatigue of the cable and its separation. This means it will not be able to tighten the seatbelt properly in the event of an impact, causing an injury concern.
The models in question are the 2014 to 2016 model year SS and Caprice PP sedans – for the latter the units built between May 14, 2013 and April 27, 2016 while for the Caprice PP we’re dealing with the ones manufactured between May 14, 2013 and June 14, 2016. Both models are being imported from General Motors’ Holden plant in Australia and when the recall kicks off the dealers will inspect the cars. If there is damage, the cables will be replaced with a new design.