General Motors has announced a recall of over 668,000 vehicles as it looks to repair faulty child seat anchors.
According to the automaker’s filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the issue can be found in 2020 through 2023 releases of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs. The problem arises from over-coating the child seat anchors with a powder finish, which GM notes can prevent owners from installing the car seat. In its report, the administration notes that the affected models no longer comply with federal safety regulations.
Although dealers will repair the seat anchors for free, the manufacturer urges owners to use rear seat belts to secure their child’s car seat. Failing to install the seat properly can lead to injury or even death in the event of a car crash. Notifications will be sent to affected drivers beginning June 26. However, concerned customers can check their vehicle’s recall status by visiting the NHTSA’s website, provided they have their vehicle identification number.
The seat anchor recall is the latest in a series of automakers’ efforts to repair potentially dangerous defects. Just this week, the manufacturer complied with the NHTSA’s recommendation to recall nearly 1 million vehicles to replace faulty airbag inflators in 2014 to 2017 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, and GMC Acadia SUVs. In April, the brand recalled more than 40,000 pickups over a fire risk from leaking brake fluid. Last year saw Ford win the title of America’s most recalled brand. Analysts from iSeeCars expect to see Tesla lead the pack within three decades.