According to Consumer Reports, a defect in a software module can cause airbag sensors to not power down properly when the vehicle is shut off. As a result, the airbag may not function properly when the vehicle is restarted, possibly preventing airbags from deploying in the event of a collision.
GMC says they are not aware of any accidents, injuries, or deaths related to the defect.
GMC dealers will perform a software update free of charge and will provide a loaner to owners whose vehicles are still under warranty.
The recall is limited to 88,129 2018 GMC Terrain SUVs built between March 14, 2017 and May 22, 2018.
Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 576 people were killed in automobile crashes where a front airbag did not deploy between 2001 and 2006. Of these victims, 360 would have benefited from frontal airbag protection.
Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a defective or faulty airbag, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced vehicle recall lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to provide you with a free case review. If an airbag or vehicle manufacturer’s negligence caused your airbag injury, you may be entitled to recover damages to cover medical costs, pain and suffering, and lost wages.