GM Full-Size Van Recall
Full-Size GM Vans Have Defective Airbags
General Motors has announced a recall for 303,000 standard- and medium-duty passenger vans after discovering the vehicles’ passenger-side airbags do not meet federal standards.
DETAILS OF THE CHEVROLET EXPRESS AND GMC SAVANA RECALL
According to General Motors, the vans’ passenger-side airbags are made from a material that does not meet federal regulations. As a result, passengers in the recalled vans could sustain serious head injuries should they be involved in an accident.
The recall covers all 2009-2014 standard- and medium-duty models – these are classified as having a gross vehicle weight rating of less than 10,000 pounds.
While the vans are primarily used as commercial vehicles by tradesmen and delivery services, some of the vehicles are also in use as passenger shuttles for hotels, airports and churches.
The recall was announced March 17, alongside recalls for 63,900 Cadillac XTS sedans and 303,000 crossover SUVs.
GM has issued a “stop delivery” order for affected models still at dealerships until the issue is resolved. The company has no estimate for how long the order will last.
DEFECT DISCOVERED DURING INVESTIGATION INTO PREVIOUS GM RECALL
- According to General Motors, the problem with the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana airbags was discovered during an internal review of February’s ignition switch recall which affected 1.65 million vehicles.
- The automaker states that as many as 13 deaths have been linked to the faulty ignition switches, but the Center of Auto Safety alleges that number may be much higher, reporting 303 connected deaths.
- General Motors’ handling of the recall has resulted in multiple investigations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and the U.S. Department of Justice.