General Motors recently announced a recall of over 500,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to serious defects with the vehicles. GM is recalling about 469,000 2011-12 Chevy Malibus because of a defective steel cable. The cables are connected to seat belts and can weaken and break.
The flexible steel cable can wear and separate over time as passengers make seat adjustments, according to GM. The company is aware of one minor injury linked to the defect as well as 36 claims. Owners of the Malibus that have been recalled can bring their cars to dealerships for inspection and replacement of the lap pretensioner.
At the same time, GM also announced a recall of almost 53,000 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon pickups because of faulty seat frame attachment hooks. In those vehicles, seat frame attachments may not have been properly attached to the vehicle body during assembly. If the part was not properly attached, the front of the seat may not remain secured to the vehicle in the event of a crash. The company is not aware of any crashes, injuries or deaths because of the defect. Dealers will inspect the recalled trucks to determine whether the hooks need to be repaired.
Last year, GM recalled a record 27 million vehicles in the U.S., mainly because of a safety crisis that was caused by defective ignition switches, which have now been linked to 100 deaths. Tragically, GM knew about the problems with the ignition switches but covered it up for years, allowing many deaths to occur in order to save money.
If a manufacturer makes a defective automobile, it can be held liable for any damages that occur as a result of the defect. Call the defective automobile attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707 if you have been harmed because of a vehicle defect. Visit us on Twitter to learn more.