General Motors Recalls Over 192,000 Trucks

DETROIT (AP) - More than 192,000 General Motors and Isuzu
midsize pickup trucks are being recalled because of a problem with
the system that anchors child safety seats, the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration said Wednesday.

The recall affects Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models from
the 2004 to 2011 model years. Also affected are Isuzu I-280 and
I-350 pickups from 2006 and I-290 and I-370 models from 2007 and
2008. The Isuzus were built by GM at its factory in Shreveport,

NHTSA said on its website that the trucks all have bench front
seats and no rear seats. Owners can't get to the top child seat
anchor for the center of the front seat, and the owner's manual has
no instructions on how to use the top anchor, NHTSA said. No
accidents or injuries have been reported, GM spokesman Alan Adler

Both NHTSA and GM discourage people from using child seats in
the front seats of vehicles.

"We don't want anybody to put it there anyway because it's not
safe," Adler said.

The repairs are being made because there could be circumstances
that require putting a child in a safety seat in the front-center
seating position, since the trucks have no rear seats, NHTSA said.
The affected models could be regular cab or extended cab 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.

The automakers do not yet have a schedule for notifying owners
of the problem, NHTSA said. Dealers will 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.

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