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General Motors Recalling 500 Pickup Trucks, SUVs for Airbag Defect

Tina Robinson2 years ago

The latest vehicle recall from General Motors involves several new models of pickup trucks and SUVs, according to the Detroit Free Press. The vehicles have a defect which may cause the airbags to not deploy in a crash.

Description of the Airbag Recall

GM has announced a recall affecting about 500 fullsize pickup trucks and SUVs due to potential airbag failure. The company says the problem is with a “potentially faulty supplier part in the sensing and diagnostic module that controls the airbags.” On Thursday, GM ordered dealers to stop spelling the vehicles, but later determined the problem was only with vehicles still at the assembly plant or on dealership lots.

The recall affects some 2014 and 2015 models of the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Chevrolet Suburban. GM has not specified how many units of each model are affected by the recall.

Increased Pace of Recalls

The constant announcement of new recalls from GM is the result of efforts by the automaker to be pro-active about safety issues in the wake of the ignition recall. Last week GM was fined $35 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the delayed recall which has been linked to at least 13 deaths.

In February, GM announced a recall that would eventually include about 2.6 million older compact cars, most notably the Chevy Cobalt and Saturn Ion, which had been installed with faulty ignition switches. The switches could be jostled out of position while running resulting in engine stalls, brake failure, airbag failure, and loss of power steering.

Documents released during federal investigations into the issue uncovered more than a decade of inaction by the automaker. 

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