Now, There’s a GM Airbag Recall for a Software Problem
The Takata exploding airbag issues are a serious problem, to be sure, because they involve airbags that may present a danger when they deploy. However, General Motors has possibly topped that, as they have issued a recall for 4.3 million vehicles because of a software problem that may prevent airbags from deploying at all in a crash. The software glitch may also affect how the seatbelts work, which could compound an already risky situation if there is a crash.
The recall was announced on Friday, September 9 and it includes trucks, cars, and SUVs from model years between 2014 and 2017. This recall comes right after GM issued another recall of 368,000 vehicles because of defective windshield wipers.
According to the notice, this latest recall was issued because of a potential software failure that could affect the sensing and diagnostic module, which senses the vehicle’s movement and triggers the airbag to inflate when there is a crash. If the sensors fail, it could prevent the airbags from deploying when it is necessary. GM first received reports of this problem in 2014 after an accident involving a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Since then, the company has been performing tests and diagnostics and decided to issue the recall early this month, although they have not released specific information as to their findings or what actually happens when the software fails.
So far, at least three injuries and one fatality have been linked to the software problem so far, according to reports.
The models being recalled include the following:
- 2014-2016 models of Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet SS and Chevrolet Spark EV
- 2014-2017 models of Buick Encore, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2015-2017 models of Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado HD, the GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra HD, and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
If a consumer wants to check whether their specific vehicle is included in the recall, they can go to safecar.gov and input their Vehicle Identification number. GM promises to inform vehicle owners of recall details. They will receive a free software upgrade, which can be taken care of quickly at their local dealer.
This is the largest single recall of GM vehicles since 2014 when 2.6 million cars were recalled due to a faulty ignition switch. Every GM vehicle owner in Texas should take this seriously because the potential consequences could be deadly for the owners and their families. If you own one of these vehicles, follow the recall instructions and have the software update done.
If you or someone you love has been injured or suffered a wrongful death due to an accident involving a defective vehicle,please call the Texas Defective Vehicle Injury Lawyer atThe Hill Law Firm to help you make sure the responsible parties pay for your losses. We have a lot of experience when it comes to taking on the largest companies in the country, and we can get to the bottom of the problem and help you protect your rights under the law.