General Motors Forced To Recall Over A Half Million Cars For Something That Could KILL Child Passengers….

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When a routine vehicle recall unearths a sinister flaw, lives hang in the balance as an automotive giant grapples with its potentially deadly oversight.

This week marked a significant episode for automotive colossus, General Motors, as they issued a sweeping recall for an alarming number of vehicles. The reason? A deadly defect that places young passengers at a dire risk.

The flaw at the center of the controversy arises from an excess of powder coating on the rear-seat anchor bars, effectively inhibiting children from being properly secured in their seats. The vehicles in question include the 2020-2023 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2020-2023 GMC Terrain SUVs – popular models now carrying a potentially lethal danger for the most vulnerable passengers.

This hazardous oversight is allegedly the responsibility of supplier Amvian Mexico, who failed to regulate the amount of powder applied to the anchor bars. While the fallout of their blunder is just beginning to unfold, affected owners are yet to be alerted. Meanwhile, dealers were made aware of the situation back in May. Official notices are expected to reach owners in late June, provided their vehicles haven’t already been turned in.

The timing of this recall follows closely on the heels of a separate auto industry scandal. An airbag manufacturer recently defied calls to recall faulty devices that could potentially explode, launching lethal shrapnel at drivers and passengers. This perilous flaw is estimated to afflict up to a staggering 67 million airbag devices.

This airbag malfunction has already left its mark, with two reported fatalities and countless injuries attributed to the defect. However, General Motors has confirmed that, thus far, no accidents or injuries have been linked to the issue with their anchor bars.

Yet, the airbag problem also hit close to home for GM, compelling them to issue additional recalls for nearly a million of their cars. Both recalls – the one relating to the airbags and the one concerning the car seat – are voluntary. This means owners are not obliged to rectify the issue or return their vehicles.

According to the Daily Mail:

“General Motors is recalling hundreds of thousands of SUVs due to concerns they pose lethal dangers to children.

The American carmaker issued a voluntary recall for more than 680,000 2020 to 2023 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs.

The issue is a defect with the rear-seat lower anchor bars being excessively coated with powder, preventing a car seat from strapping in properly.

In 1999, NHTS issued a safety standard for child restraint anchorage systems that ‘requires all new passenger vehicles to have child restraint anchorage systems meeting specified strength, configuration, marking, and other requirements,’ reads the agency’s website.

Called Standard No. 225, NHTS mandates that child restraint anchorage systems provide at least a minimum level of safety.”

This sweeping recall serves as a sharp reminder of the vital role that safety standards and regulations play in the auto industry. In 1999, the NHTS introduced a safety standard for child restraint anchorage systems, requiring all new passenger vehicles to meet a set of specific strength, configuration, marking, and other criteria.

This standard, No. 225, ensures a minimum level of safety is provided by child restraint anchorage systems. It appears that, in this instance, the crucial importance of such standards has been fatally underestimated.

Sources: 100percentfedup, DailyMail

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