WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 50,043 2008-'09 Pontiac G8 and 2011-'13 Chevrolet Caprice sedans in North America to fix a problem with the flexible steel cables that connect the seatbelts to the vehicle, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The cables, which are located at the outside of the driver seat and front passenger seat, may be bent from being sat on while entering the vehicle.
"This repeated bending may result in the cable breaking," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "If the cable breaks, the seat occupant may not be properly restrained in the event of a crash, increasing their risk of injury."
GM is not aware of any crashes or injuries linked to the recall, GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds.
The affected G8s were built from July 25, 2007 to February 18, 2009. The affected Caprices were built from October 15, 2010 to October 22, 2013.
GM dealers will replace the seatbelt-tensioner assembly, which includes the steel cable.
"These replacement parts reposition the tensioner cable out of the path of entry into the vehicle and use a more flexible cable," NHTSA said.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should expect to receive a recall notice within 60 days. But those with an immediate concern should see their dealer now.