General Motors and Isuzu are recalling nearly 200,000 midsize pickup trucks because of hazards the vehicles could cause to children.
The 2004 to 2011 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models, 2006 Isuzu I-280 and I-350 pickups and 2007-2008 Isuzu I-290 and I-370 models are affected by the recall. The affected models could be regular cab or extended cab vehicles.
The 192,000 recalled pickup trucks have faulty anchors in the child safety seats, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The trucks all have bench front seats and no rear seats. This makes it so owners aren’t able to get the top child sat anchor for the center of the front seat.
While no accidents or injuries have been reported in this design flaw, both the NHTSA and GM discourage the use of child seats in the front seats of vehicles.
“The lack of access to the top tether anchor and lack of instructions could result in the seat being improperly installed, increasing the risk of injury or death in a crash,” NHTSA said.
As a Seattle car accident attorney, I urge drivers with small children to pay attention to this recall and get it fixed. Once owners are notified by mail, they can take their pickup truck to a dealer who will cut a cut a hole in the back panel to open access to the anchor, and the automakers will give owners information on how to properly secure the seats, according to news reports.