General Motors (GM) Recalls ~4.3M Vehicles Related Front Air Bag Issue

September 9, 2016 12:07 PM EDT

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GM is said to be recalling over 4.3 million vehicles related to air bag software defect, according to various reports.

Additionally, the NHTSA posted the following to its website on Friday:

RECALL Subject : Frontal Air Bags May Not Deploy

Report Receipt Date: SEP 08, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V651000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , SEAT BELTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,640,162


General Motors LLC (NYSE: GM) is recalling certain model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD, 3500 HD, Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV vehicles and 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500, Trax, Caprice Police Pursuit Vehicle, GMC Sierra 1500, Buick Encore, and 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV and SS vehicles. In the affected vehicles, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test. During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.


A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.


GM will notify owners, and dealers will reflash the SDM software. Vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Buick customer service at 1-800-521-7300, Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006, Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020, or GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM's number for this recall is 16007.

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