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09-09-40-001B Seat Belt Buckle Latching Issues and or Seat Belt Warning Lights Illuminated - (Jan 13 2012)

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#09-09-40-001B: Seat Belt Buckle Latching Issues and/or Seat Belt Warning Lights Illuminated - (Jan 13, 2012)

Models: 2013 and Prior GM Passenger Cars and Trucks
  

This bulletin is being revised to add model years. Please discard Corporate BulletinNumber 09-09-40-001A (Section 09 – Restraints).

This bulletin is being published to advise dealers about seat belt buckles not operatingand/or seat belt warning light illumination, as well as difficulty latching and unlatchingthe buckle or the buckle release button sticking.

Analysis of warranty data has determined that this condition may be caused by stickybeverages being spilled onto or into the seat belt buckle assembly. Foreign debrisfrom food, candy wrappers, paper and coins can also contribute to this condition.

Important:If foreign material (debris) or sticky liquids are the cause of the concern, showthe customer the condition of the component (buckle assembly) and explain how it isaffecting the function of the restraint system. Strongly recommend that the componentbe replaced. Point out the fact that this is not a manufacturing defect and is notcovered by the new vehicle warranty. If the customer declines to haveparts replaced, the service department management must make a notation on the servicerecord that the lack of functionality of seating position with an inoperative bucklewas fully explained to the customer. The service department management must advisethe customer that having a non-functioning buckle in a seating position voids abilityto use that seating position (no one should ride in the seat). Also make the customeraware that it maybe against the law to ride in a vehicle without wearing a restraint system.

Important:Never insert anything other than the seat belt latch plate into the buckle assembly.Do not attempt to dig anything out of a buckle with a tool. Never try to wash outa buckle to remove a spilled liquid as this may damage the buckle.

Use the following steps to determine the cause of the concern.

Inspect the buckle assembly with a light shining on the latch plate insertion area.Look for any debris or foreign objects in the buckle.If any debris or foreign objects are observed, try to vacuum out the item. After theforeign material is removed, latch and unlatch the seat belt. If the system functionsproperly, do not replace the seat belt buckle assembly.If the condition has not been corrected, inspect the buckle assembly for any stickyresidue. If sticky residue is found, inform the customer that a substance was spilledon the seat belt buckle assembly causing the malfunction. The buckle assembly willneed to be replaced at the customer's expense.Refer to SI for seat belt component replacement.

Important:If foreign material (debris) or sticky liquids are the cause of the concern, showthe customer the condition of the component (buckle assembly) and explain how it isaffecting the function of the restraint system. Strongly recommend that the componentbe replaced at the customer's expense. Point out the fact that this is not a manufacturingdefect and is not covered by the new vehicle warranty.

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