The Anti-Takata: GM Says Airbags in 3.6 Million Vehicles Might Not Deploy
General Motors has a doozy of a recall on its hands after admitting that 3.64 million vehicles in the U.S. are equipped with airbags that might not deploy in the event of a crash.
The automaker has announced a voluntary recall of numerous 2014-2017 models to fix the issue, which can also disable seatbelt pretensioners. There remains a bit of mystery as to the “certain rare circumstances” that can disable the airbags.
Unlike the massive Takata recall, the problem with this crop of GM airbags isn’t that they’re dangerous, rather, some simply might not work.
GM blames the issue on faulty software in the sensing and diagnostic module (SDM). In the most common collisions, the airbags function as intended. However, the automaker claims that airbags and pretensioners fail to function in crashes “preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics.”
The automaker didn’t elaborate on what that specific event is.
Included in the recall are certain 2014-2016 model year Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet SS and Spark EV models, 2014-2017 model year Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice PPV and Silverado 1500s, Buick Encores and GMC Sierra 1500s, and 2015-2017 model year Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado HDs, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra HDs, and Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESVs.
GM is urging owners to check their vehicle identification numbers to see if they’re part of the recall. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers a search tool for this.
The automaker claims the recall — despite its scope — isn’t “expected to be material and will be included in GM’s third quarter earnings.”
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