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GM recalls 640K pickups; seat belts can cause carpet fires

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is recalling over 640,000 pickup trucks worldwide because hot gas from a high-tech seat belt can set the carpeting on fire.

The recall covers certain 2019 and 2020 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra 1500 trucks. All have carpet as a floor covering, and most are in North America.

GM says it uses a small explosion to move a piston that tightens belts before a crash. It can release hot gas through an opening, possibly causing a fire.

The company reports two fires but no injuries.

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