DETROIT, Michigan (September 9, 2016) — General Motors Co has announced today it will recall roughly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide due to a software glitch that could prevent airbags from deploying in newer vehicles. The defect has been linked to a death and three injuries, but these are apparently rare instances GM reports, according to the Associated Press.
The defect involves the sensing and diagnostic module controls that allow for the release of the frontal airbags during a crash. The tiny computer control device may slip into “test” mode and could also prevent seat belts from working as well.
The recall will mostly affect vehicles here in the United States (3.6 million) and specifically models made between 2014 and 2017.
Specifically the vehicles subject to recall involves cars, SUVs and trucks under the Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC brands.
The Detroit automaker was alerted about a collision back in May involving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado that was involved in a crash, but it’s airbags failed to deploy. The supplier that makes the module, Delphi Corp. was notified and together they worked with GM to test the device and find out whether there was a problem. The decision to recall the vehicles was just made a week ago and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the official notice today.
Owners of these vehicles equipped with the defective module may have their vehicles updated and repaired at no cost by GM dealers.
The specific models subject to the recall are:
— 2014-2016 Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet SS, Chevrolet Spark EV
— 2014-2017 Buick Encore, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Trax, Chevrolet Caprice police car and Chevrolet Silverado 1500
— 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chervrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, GMC Sierra HD, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESV.
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