Buick Enclave Recalled In China Over Defective Seat Belts

Officially dubbed Shanghai GM, the Detroit manufacturer's Chinese joint venture announced it will recall over 26,579 Buick Enclave crossovers for shoddy safety belts.
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Over the last 50 years or so, we've seen quite a lot of carelessly built automobiles all over the world. Some of the worst cars ever made include the British Leyland-built Austin Maxi, Serbian-made Zastava Koral/Yugo, the Lada Riva, AMC's Pacer two-door compact and the Pontiac Aztek mid-size crossover, just to name a few.

However, General Motors seems to want a piece of that cake with it's 15.8 million vehicles recalled over the last six months for faults so diverse you wouldn't have ever imagined possible from an American manufacturer.

Even though the company's recall-a-palooza mostly affected US-bound cars sold under the Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC and the defunct Pontiac and Saturn brands, Shanghai GM reports that 26,579 Buick Enclave luxury crossovers are subjected to a recall involving seat belts so badly made, the cables may break over time or snap instantly under heavy braking.

The first Buick Enclave units affected by this glitch are scheduled to visit GM dealership service departments on June 30th. According to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine statement, affected vehicles have been produced in the United States between August 15th, 2008 and April 10th, 2014.

Naturally, the replacement of these imperfect safety belts is free of cost. After all, Chinese customers pay from ¥389,000 ($62,000 at current exchange rates) to a ridiculously hefty ¥649,000 ($104,000).
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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