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GM Recalls Over 668,000 Crossovers: Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain Affected

General Motors (GM) has recently issued a recall affecting more than 668,000 crossovers. This recall is related to excessive powder coating on the child seat anchors, a problem is coming from a supplier named Amvian Mexico. Similar to other automakers, GM has faced challenges with certain suppliers. In this article, we will  show the details of the GM recall, indicating the issue and its impact.

The GM Recall: Excessive Powder Coating on Child Seat Anchors

In March 2023 GM informed about a compliance testing failure of a 2022 model year GMC Terrain. The lower child seat anchorages were found to have diameters exceeding the Canadian regulation’s requirement. This issue would make it impossible to properly install a child seat with the anchorage bars.

GM’s Swift Investigation and Findings

Upon receiving the notification, GM immediately launched an investigation. They determined that the supplier, Amvian Mexico, occasionally used a subpar coating provider. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) report attached to the investigation revealed defective process controls by the coating provider.

GM’s Internal Survey and Disturbing Findings

On April 28, GM conducted a survey on 72 vehicles owned by GM employees. 56 of these vehicles were found to have excessive powder coating on the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) bars. This represents a significant cause for concern, as it accounts for 77.78% of the surveyed population. Consequently, GM estimates that approximately 80% of the recalled vehicles are affected by this powder coating issue.

Recalled Models and Recommendations

The recall affects a substantial number of vehicles. GM has called back 454,722 units of the 2020 to 2023 model year Chevrolet Equinox, produced between June 2, 2022, and March 19, 2023. Additionally, 213,465 units of the 2022 to 2023 model year GMC Terrain, with similar production dates, are also recalled.

GM has promptly informed dealers about the recall and recommends the removal and replacement of the finish on the anchorage bars. Owners will receive notifications with mail by June 26. It is further advised that rear child seats should be installed using the vehicle’s rear seatbelts.

GM’s recall of over 668,000 crossovers due to excessive powder coating on child seat anchors highlights their commitment to safety and consumer satisfaction. By addressing this issue promptly, GM ensures the well-being of vehicle owners and demonstrates their dedication to upholding quality standards. Owners of affected vehicles should follow GM’s recommendations and take the necessary steps to have the issue resolved.

 

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