General Motors Co. recalls more than four million automobiles, many of them in the United States, to repair an airbag software defect that has now been connected to at least one fatality.
The autos involved in the recall are all from the 2014-2017 model years and include models from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The company is now recalling 4.28 million automobiles around the world; that include 3.6 million in the United States.
GM declared on Friday that in rare cases, the car’s sensor and diagnostic module, a small computer which senses what the vehicle is doing and controls airbag deployment, can go into “test” mode.
If that occurs, the front air bags will not inflate in a car crash, and the seat belt pre-tensioners might not tighten up around passengers to aid in the prevention of injuries. GM states that the defect has been linked to at least one death and as many as three injuries.
The company became aware of the issue back in May when a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado crashed, and its airbags did not deploy. GM then notified Delphi Corp., the supplier that designed the module. The two companies then tested the modules and decided to recall the vehicles this last week.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced the recall Friday. General Motors Co. will notify their consumers and make updates to the software for free. GM states that dealers now have access to this software update so they will be able to make repairs to the automobiles quickly.
The recall includes 3.6 million vehicles. They are listed below:
- 2014-2016 Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Spark EV, Chevrolet SS
- 2014-2017 Buick Encore, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Trax, GMC Sierra 1500
- 2014-2017 Chevrolet Caprice police car and Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2015-2017 Chevrolet Suburban
- 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Silverado HD, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, GMC Sierra HD, Cadillac Escalade and Cadillac Escalade ESVRead more: