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Over 4 Million General Motors Vehicles Recalled Over Airbag Risk

General Motors Co. announced that they were recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles late last week, over 3.6 million of which are currently in the United States over a software defect.

According to the vehicle manufacturer, the sensor module in the affected vehicles run the risk of spontaneously entering diagnostic mode during a crash which can prevent the front airbags and seatbelt pretensioners to deploy. At least three people were injured because of these defects in a crash, and another has been killed.

During a crash, seatbelt pretensioners are supposed work in conjunction with airbags to instantly remove all slack from the belt, pinning the bodies of the driver and any passengers to their seats. The risk of injury and / or death dramatically increases if even one of these devices fails to deploy.

In a statement General Motors filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week, the company stated that[1]:

“[C]ertain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module software to activate a diagnostic test…A failure of the front air bags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.”

The company was alerted to the software defect when a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado’s airbags failed to deploy in a crash back in May of 2016. General Motors began testing their vehicles in June after reaching out to the supplier of the faulty module, Delphi. According to GM, the list of affected vehicles include:

2014-2016

  • Buick LaCrosse
  • Chevrolet Spark EV
  • Chevrolet SS

2014-2017

  • GMC Sierra 1500
  • Buick Encore
  • Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • Chevrolet Trax

2015-2017

  • GMC Sierra 3500
  • GMC Sierra 2500
  • GMC Yukon
  • GMC Yukon XL
  • Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • Chevrolet Suburban
  • Chevrolet Tahoe
  • Cadillac Escalade
  • Cadillac Escalade ESV

Thousands of people suffer injuries and are killed in car crashes every year, and we rely on our vehicles to keep us safe from that possibility. When they fail due to a manufacturing error, you have the right to seek compensation for any injuries and / or property damage to protect your financial stability. Contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today by filling out the form on our website for a free case evaluation, or call us at (732) 440-3089 to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys today.

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