According to the Wall Street Journal, a sensing diagnostic module in the recalled vehicles can improperly activate a test under certain circumstances. Under these rare circumstances, the vehicle’s safety devices, including the airbags and seat belt pretensioners, are prevented from activating if involved in a crash.
GM says dealers will repair or replace the faulty software on owners’ vehicles for free.
There have been three injuries and one death associated with the software defect.
The vehicle recall involves several car, SUV and truck models, including: