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GM Recalls 73,000 Cobalts for Airbag Defect

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

General Motors has announced the recall of 73,424 Chevrolet Cobalts sold in the United States and Canada after determining a wiring issue could prevent roof-mounted airbags from deploying.

About the Chevy Cobalt Airbag Recall

According to CNBC, the recall affects 2010 model-year Cobalts. 59,474 of the recalled vehicles were sold in the U.S. and 13,950 were sold in Canada.

Recall documents state improper wiring cold result in driver’s side roof-mounted airbags failing to deploy in the event of a collision. GM is aware of one crash involving an injury.

GM notes this recall is unrelated to last year’s recall affecting millions of Cobalts equipped with defective ignition switches.

Airbag Failure Statistics

  • Between 2001 and 2006, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recorded 576 traffic fatalities in which airbags failed to deploy.
  • In 360 of those instances, NHTSA determined the deceased would have benefitted from airbag protection.
  • The Fatality Analysis Reporting Systems reports airbags failed to properly deploy in 18 percent of fatal frontal collisions between 1998 and 2006.


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