Approximately 556,400 model-year 2019-20 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks, and model-year 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty pickup trucks equipped with carpet floor covering are being recalled due to concerns that seat belt pretensioners, when deployed to tighten belts amid a collision, could lead to a fire. The hot gases expelled by the pretensioner could travel through a hole in the seat belt bracket, igniting cotton material in the carpet, resulting in a vehicle fire and increasing the risk of injury.
Chevrolet and GMC manufacturer GM did not immediately announce an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chevrolet at 800-630-2438, GMC at 800-462-8782 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more
To fix the problem, dealers will close off the opening in the seat belt pretensioner bracket.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.
Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.