GM Recalls 40,000+ Cars and Pickup Trucks at Risk for Seat Belt, Airbag Failure
General Motors (GM) is recalling more than 40,000 cars and pickup trucks because of an unresolved software issue that could cause the vehicles’ front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to fail in a crash.
According to the National High Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), all of the affected cars and trucks were included in a previous GM recall last September. However, the company has determined that some of the vehicles might not have received the full software update that is needed to fix the problem.
“Without the update, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test,” the NHTSA bulletin said. “During this test, deployment of the frontal air bags and the seat belt pretensioners would not occur in the event of a crash.
What Vehicles Are Included in the GM Recall?
This latest GM vehicle recall covers 40,683 cars and pickup truck, including:
- 2014-2016 Buick Lacrosse
- 2014-2017 Buick Encore
- 2014-2016 Chevrolet Spark EV
- 2014-2016 Caprice PPV
- 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS
- 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette
- 2014-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500
- 2015-2016 Chevrolet Tahoe
- 2015-2016 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2015-2016 Chevrolet Trax
- 2014-2017 GMC Sierra 1500
- 2015-2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500
- 2015-2016 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL
- 2015-2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV
GM said it will notify owners of the affected cars and trucks. Dealers will reflash the SDM software, and vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced. These repairs will be performed free of charge.
GM’s number for this recall is 17287. To find out if a car or truck is included, visit the GM Recall Center or contact one of the following customer service numbers for more information:
- Chevrolet owners1-800-222-1020
- Buick owners: 1-800-521-7300
- GMC owners: 1-800-462-8782
- Cadillac owners: 1-800-458-8006
2016 GM Recall Included 4 Million Vehicles Worldwide, Linked to 1 Death
The initial GM recall from September 2016 affected 4 million vehicles worldwide, including 3.64 million in the U.S. At the time, the company acknowledged that the issue had been linked to one death and three injuries.
According to The Detroit News, GM informed the NHTSA in May 2016 that a Step Up for Safety Report had been filed involving the crash of a 2014 Silverado pickup truck in which the driver-side front airbag and seat belt pretensioner allegedly failed. An investigation was launched the following month.
The 2016 recall had the distinction of being the second major action to involve GM in recent years. In 2014, the company recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair faulty ignition switches that were responsible for at least 124 deaths and 275 injuries.
GM has also announced various safety recalls for vehicles with defective Takata airbags.
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