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GM has issued another recall. CC by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com/Flickr

General Motors, days away from the anticipated Initial Public Offering of stock, is issuing a recall in a case of simply awful timing. About 243,000 vehicles, all crossover SUVs, will be affected. The defect in question is in the second row seat belts. This is the second recall this year, and it could not come at a worse time for GM. However, the defect is very easy to fix.

GM recall of small SUVs is due to seat belts

General Motors has recalled 243,000 vehicles at least, according to USA Today. There is a defect in the seat belt latch in second row seats in the affected models. The defect can make people think the belts are latched when they’re not, in certain conditions. The flaw was discovered during some warranty related repairs. When the second row is folded down and then placed back up, a piece of trim can foul the belt latch. The release button can be jammed and then fail to release or not latch completely.

What cars are affected?

Owners will be sent a letter by General Motors informing them of the recall and the procedures to get the defect fixed. Four models from two years have the defect. Only 2009 and 2010 models are affected. The vehicles with the defect are:

Most of the vehicles are in the U.S., but some are in other countries such as Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Owners can simply take their vehicles into the dealership for a free repair.

Not the first recall this year

This is not the first GM recall this year. There was a GM recall in June concerning a windshield wiper fluid heater that could ignite, leading to a recall of 1.5 million vehicles. GM is expected to launch an IPO for stock, which is thought to be paying off the bulk of the company’s auto bailout debt. This isn’t exactly the Pinto or Firestone Tires debacle, but it is certainly bad timing.

More on this topic

USA Today: http://usatoday.com/money/autos/2010-08-17-gm-recall-crossovers_N.htm

USA Today: http://usatoday.com/communities/driveon/post/2010/06/gm-recalls-15-million-cars-suvs-pickups—-fire-hazard-with-heated-wiper-fluid/1?csp=obnetwork

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