GM recalls 50K cars for seat belt cable issue

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. is recalling 50,043 2011-13 Chevrolet Caprice and 2008-09 Pontiac G8 cars in the U.S. and Canada because a flexible steel cable that connect seat belts to the chassis may bend and break.

The automaker said the cables may fatigue and separate as occupants move. In some vehicles, drivers or passengers can sit on the steel cable while entering the cars, causing it to bend and separate. If the cable breaks, occupants may not be restrained properly in a crash.

GM said it knows of no injuries related to the issue. The recall includes more than 47,000 vehicles in the U.S.

Parts are not yet available. GM said the free repair includes replacing the seat belt tensioner assembly including the steel cable. The new parts will position the tensioner cable out of the way as someone enters a vehicle and it will use a more flexible cable.

The recall was posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website on Saturday. GM, in its recall notice to NHTSA, said it opened an investigation into the Caprice and G8 issue in March, and on June 10 opted to recall the vehicles.

mburden@detroitnews.com