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General Motors

says it will recall 243,403 crossover SUVs to inspect second-row safety belts.

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The automaker is voluntarily recalling 2009-2010 models of the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook. Most of the vehicles are in the U.S., with several thousand in other countries including Canada, Mexico, China and Saudi Arabia.

GM said it discovered damaged second-row safety belt buckles among warranty returns. There are no known cases where second-row safety belts have failed to perform properly in a crash, but in some rare cases GM suspects, the buckle may appear to latch when the latch mechanism is not fully engaged.

"Because of the potential for a false-latch condition, we want customers to return their vehicles to have the recall repair performed as soon as possible," said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety. Also, some vehicles may have a condition where the buckle receives cosmetic damage when the seat back is returned to its upright position after being folded flat.

Owners will begin receiving letters this month to schedule appointments with dealership service departments for a no-charge inspection and repair.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.