“George, who’s the new girl? How did she get here? She was testing seat belts on Chevy Impalas.
So why is she on the hood? Oh, you didn’t hear?” At the factory somebody forgot to tell somebody to tighten and another somebody to install some bolt somewhere that stops you…. from flying through the windshield!
According to GM approximately 303,100 Chevy Impala’s didn’t get their…. seat belt anchor pretensioner bolts correctly installed!
Test With Your Head, Inertia
There is this rule in physics called inertia. There’s no getting around this rule. When driving a car, inertia can hurt! How bad does it hurt? If you’re dumb try this; run as fast as you can into a parked car.
Did you have to think about that?
Now think about this; you’re in a car going 30 mph (way faster than you can run) and the car suddenly stops, which is the same as running into a parked car faster. You’ll hit the dash, steering wheel, windshield at 30mph! Without a seat belt on you’d get messed up…that’s inertia and it can hurt.
Seat belts do a great job of reducing injury in the event of an accident, but they have to be correctly secured to the vehicle to do that.
Recall Begins in October, don’t wait!
If you own a Chevy Impala manufactured between April of 2008 and March 2010 the anchoring for your seat belts may not have been installed correctly. In the event of an accident the seat belt may fail to restrain you from hitting the steering wheel, dash, windshield, etc..
GM will start recalling the affected vehicles in the later part of October 2010. If you think you may be driving one of the 300,000 plus affected vehicles, don’t wait for that piece of paper that says your car has been recalled. Drive right over to your nearest Chevy dealer and get it checked out!
As a reminder, safety recalls are performed at no expense to the owner of the vehicle, even if you’re not the original owner.
Through mid-August, GM told NHTSA it had received 32 warranty reports of seat belts having separated from their anchorage. That means they were tested by people and they failed 32 times…Don’t be number 33!