General Motors recalled over one million 2014 and 2015 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks worldwide because there is an issue the functionality of the seatbelts. Namely, there was a possibility that seatbelts in those vehicles would not hold or protect the driver or passenger in a crash. At issue of the seatbelt is a flexible steel cable that connects the seat belt to the vehicle. This steel cable can separate from the vehicle because of consistent wear and tear, and the repeated action of pulling the seatbelt over time. As of April of this year, there were no reports of crashes or injuries due to the faulty seatbelt.
Unfortunately for GM, this was not the only issue that it had to face this year. In May 2016, only one month after reports of the recall came out for the seatbelt safety issue, GM had to recall several models of trucks because of suspected faulty suspension components. Ironically, the recall included the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Silverado. Unlike the recall in April, GM’s response to the faulty suspension components was for consumers not to drive those vehicles affected by the faulty suspensions because there were no replacement parts available at the time.
Fortunately for GM, there have not been reports of injuries or deaths because of the vehicles’ malfunctions. However, if you or someone you know has been injured in an incident regarding faulty seatbelts in a Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup truck, or have been injured in an accident because of faulty suspension components, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884