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GM Recalls Impalas Due to Air Bag Defect

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Patrick Murray2 years ago

General Motors Co. has issued a recall of over 8,900 2014-15 Chevrolet Impalas because of a defect in the air bag deployment system.

The defect prevents the vehicle from deactivating the passenger side air bag if an infant seat is placed in the front seat.

About the Recalled Impalas

According to Detroit News, GM has said that the reason for the defect comes from the assembly production process. During the process, the manufacturers steam the seats of the car, inadvertently introducing moisture that could cause calibration issues within the electronic control module.

Although it is recommended that parents seat their young children in the back seats, it is required of automakers to prevent the air bags from deploying if a child or infant (or car seat) is in the front seat. This is mandatory because air bags pose a serious threat of injury to small children.

How the Recall Came About

The recall came about after a GM engineer reported the issue through the “Speak up for Safety” program in March. GM started the program in the wake of the 2014 ignition switch recall of over 2.6 million vehicles, which has been linked about 400 deaths and injuries.

GM has issued this recall proactively, stating, “GM is unaware of any crashes, injuries or fatalities related to this condition.”

Where Are the Cars Located?
  • 5,463 are located in the United States
  • 215 are in Canada
  • 3,281 have been exported to other nations


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