DETROIT (July 14, 2021) — A GM side airbag defect recall affects some 410,000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, GMC Sierra 150, 2500 and 3500 pickups from the 2015 and 2016 lineup.
Auto safety regulators found the side roof rail air bag inflator may rupture. If that happens, the end camp could fly off from both sides of the affected pickup trucks.
An investigation into the defect began after three 2015 Silverado pickups experienced inflator ruptures. Two of the vehicles were in Texas and one was in Florida. However, none of the vehicles were occupied at the time of the incidents and there are no injuries.
Specifically, if the inflator end cap separates or ruptures, compressed gas may escape. This may lead to the end cap or other components being propelled into the cabin. If someone is in the vehicle, it may cause serious injuries or a collision.
The automaker believes the problem was due to a manufacturing defect at the Joyson Safety Systems plant in Mexico. Somehow moisture got into the inflator and that ultimately led to corrosion that is causing the air bag problem.
General Motors is directing its dealerships to replace both side air bag modules in the affected 410,000 vehicles. The company plans to notify owners of the vehicles beginning on August 16th, but there are limited replacement parts at this time.
Additionally, the automaker discovered the same problem in about 9,000 of its trucks last year leading to a recall for 9,000 vehicles.
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