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GMC Recalls 2018 Terrains for Airbag Failures

Damaged car with passenger door open and view of deployed airbags

GMC has issued a recall for more than 88,000 Terrain SUVs from the 2018 model year for faulty software that can prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.

About the GMC Terrain Airbag Recall

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.

What Kinds Of Injuries Can Happen When an Airbag Fails?

Injuries caused by a defective airbag include:

  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck and spinal cord injuries
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness
  • Death

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.

Major Airbag Recalls in the United States

Over the past decade, there have been multiple widespread recalls on vehicles containing defective and dangerous airbags.

  • Takata Corp. (2013 – present) — 21 deaths have been attributed to airbags manufactured by Takata, which are present in 42 million vehicles across 19 different brands
  • Hyundai and Kia (2018 to present) — Four deaths have been linked to airbag failures in 425,000 Hyundai and Kia vehicles, including the popular Sonata and Forte models.
  • Fiat Chrysler (2016) — Several deaths and injuries were linked to a software defect, causing airbag deployment and seatbelt failure
  • GM Chevy Cruze (2014) — Thousands of vehicles were recalled due to a manufacturing flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in an accident
  • GM SUV (2014) — More than one million GM SUVs were recalled after faulty wiring could keep side airbags from deploying in the event of a collision

Contact an Experienced Defective Airbag Injury Attorney

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.

Our firm has offices in Corpus ChristiSan Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Contact us today for a free legal consultation.

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