GM Recalls Almost 500,000 SUVs

Third-row seatbelts in the 2021 and 2022 Chevy Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade could be faulty. How do you check your SUV?
Written by Andrew Koole
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
GM has not had a good few years when it comes to
. The company’s affordable electric car, the
Chevy Bolt
, had to be completely recalled because of a battery fire hazard. And now, nearly half of the large SUVs sold through its subbrands are facing their own massive recall.
2021 and 2022 models of the Chevy Tahoe and Suburban, the GMC Yukon, and the Cadillac Escalade are all included in the recall enforced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 
, your car insurance
super app
, took a closer look at the details of the recall to help you stay safe and informed behind the wheel.

Potential problems with third-row seatbelts in GM’s full-size  SUVs

The segment-wide recall from GM stems from an issue with the left and right seatbelts in the third row. A rivet holding each seat belt buckle to a mounting bracket may have been improperly manufactured by an outside supplier. 
Because of this, the two seat belts could fail during a car accident, increasing the risk of injury or death of the seat’s occupants.
Thankfully, GM caught the issue before it caused any known injuries.
says a customer reported the issue to the company in May when a seatbelt in their 2021 Suburban separated from its mount. Seven other field accounts backed up the customer’s complaint.
Because of higher sales, Chevrolet was hit the hardest, with 176,981 Tahoes and 84,338 Suburbans affected. The recall also included 97,436 GMC Yukons and 58,606 Yukon XLs, as well as 41,639 Escalades and 25,158 Escalade ESVs.
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How to participate in the recall

Some recent recalls have been fixed with over-air updates, with no need for affected vehicles to be inspected. Obviously, that’s not possible in this case. If you own any of the full-size SUVs affected, you’ll want to check if your particular unit is part of the recall. 
There are a few ways to do this. One is to just call your dealership. They’ll either have you come in or ask to check your vehicle identification number (VIN) to see if you’re vehicle is part of the recall. 
If you’d rather check yourself first, you can also plop your VIN into the recall lookup dashboard on NHTSA’s website, and it will link you to any recalls related to your vehicle.
GM is also legally obligated to inform you if your SUV is part of a recall. Customer notifications of this recall are scheduled to begin on September 26. 
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Do recalls affect car insurance?

Repairs related to recalls are always free. And because automakers are responsible for the issue and the fix, they don’t affect your car insurance rates, so there’s no downside to participating. 
In fact, the only way it can become a problem is if you ignore the recall and don’t bring your vehicle in for inspection. For the sake of your safety and your legal liability, it’s important for you to follow through. 
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