General Motors will recall some of its 2001 and 2002 mid-size sport utility vehicles after federal safety regulators determined a need to fix some seat belts that were damaged in transit.


GM spokesman Jim Schell told Reuters an undetermined number of seat belts in the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy and Oldsmobile Bravada SUVs were damaged, impacting the retractors.


Schell reportedly said GM believes that the damage was “inconsequential” to passenger safety, but the US National Highway Transportation Safety Administration turned down its request to rule the damage as such.


He said the seat belts fail to fully comply with federal safety standards, and GM will fix them, Reuters added.


“We’re still looking through the data and determining all the necessary steps” for a recall, including how the seat belts will be fixed and the number of affected vehicles, Schell told the news agency.


Reuters noted that, despite surveys showing GM’s improvement in quality and durability, its mid-size SUVs have been recalled repeatedly in the United States.