Seat belt deployment can lead to burning carpet in half a million trucks
General Motors is recalling more than half a million Chevrolet and GMC light- and heavy-duty pickup trucks because of concerns that seat belt pretensioners, when deployed to tighten belts amid a collision, could lead to a fire.
The hot gases expelled by the pretensioners could travel through a hole in the seat belt bracket and ignite cotton material in the carpet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the driver may see smoke or smell a burning odor after a collision, before a fire becomes visible.
This affects certain 2019 to 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500, and 2020 Silverado 2500, Silverado 3500, Sierra 2500, and Sierra 3500 trucks. Models with vinyl flooring are not included in the recall.
A correction was put in place on the assembly line, which is why not every carpeted truck will be recalled.
Dealerships have been notified, and the automaker will contact owners soon.