— General Motors seat belt buckle problems convinced the automaker to recall more than 514,000 of the following vehicles in the U.S. and Canada equipped with third-row seats.
- 2021-2022 Cadillac Escalade
- 2021-2022 Cadillac Escalade ESV
- 2021-2022 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2021-2022 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2021-2022 GMC Yukon
- 2021-2022 GMC Yukon XL
The rivet that retains the buckle to the mounting bracket in the left or right third-row seat belt buckle assembly may have been improperly formed.
A GM dealer received a complaint in May about a third-row seat belt buckle that separated in a 2021 Chevy Suburban, causing engineers to open a formal investigation.
GM found seven field reports that had been filed between October 2020 and June 2022, but there were no reports of crashes or injuries.
"GM’s investigation determined that operators at the seatbelt buckle assembly supplier’s manufacturing plant may have not properly followed manufacturing processes and inadvertently missed the rivet forming operation." — General Motors
The seat belt may fail to hold an occupant if the third-row seat belt assembly is not riveted correctly.
Seat belt buckle recall letters are expected to be mailed September 26, 2022, and dealerships will inspect the rivet head formations and replace the seat belt buckle assemblies if needed.
Chevrolet owners may call 800-222-1020, Cadillac customers may call 800-458-8006 and GMC customer service can be reached at 800-462-8782.
GM's number for the seat belt buckle recall is N222372380.