GM and Mazda issue safety recall

GM issues recalls on SUVs

GM has issued recalls on about 243,000 SUVs in order to inspect the seatbelts in the second row of seats in the vehicles. Some of the buckles on the seatbelts can become damaged in such a way that they appear to be latched when actually they are not.

The GM recall involves 2009-2010 models of the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. These crossovers were most sold in the U.S. though some several thousand were exported for sale in Canada, China, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

GM has said that there are not reports as yet of safety belts that failed to perform properly in a car crash.

It is assumed that due to the possibility of injury to passengers, particularly children, that the necessary repairs will be done quickly.

Mazda recalls Mazda 3 and Mazda 5

Due to a problem with the power steering, Mazda has made a recall of about 215,000 vehicles. The models affected are the 2007 to 2009. These vehicles use an electric boost to the hydraulic power steering system. This makes it easier to turn the vehicle.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has had 33 complaints about this steering system. The issue is that when the electric boost fails it takes extra strength (arm-strong) to maintain control and some drivers have been unable to do so, resulting in car crashes. There have been three specific complaints that this condition caused a crash.

Mazda short of parts?

Mazda has warned its dealers that there is a lookout for power steering assist problems. This is called a technical service bulletin and is not a full alert. The recall is being split into two parts because Mazda is short of parts necessary to fix the problem.

If you own one of these vehicles you will either receive a notice in the mail about how to get your car fixed by September 15th or you may not get a notice until February 2011.

What if you can get into an accident, will your insurance pay out?

Of course, as long as you have collision coverage on your vehicle then if you cannot control your steering and have an accident then there will be coverage for repairs to your vehicle. Your liability coverage will extend for any damage to persons or property. Then the insurance company may be trying to recover costs from Mazda. You could also find yourself suing Mazda in civil court if you could not find resolution. You could ask why would you take a ruling of a fault accident for something out of your control?

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