In documents filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the company explains, “One or more of the four rear seat lower child seat LATCH anchorage bars may have been finished with excessive powder coating.”
Until dealers have inspected vehicles, GM is asking parents to install child seats using the vehicle’s seatbelts instead — an alternative procedure detailed in the cars’ owners’ manuals — if they cannot install the seat with the LATCH anchors.
The company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the problem, which employees discovered in an inspection.
Dealers will fix the problem by inspecting the anchors and, if necessary, removing and replacing the powder coat finish. As with all recall-related repairs, the fix is free.
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