General Motors (GM) recently announced that it will be issuing a product recall of approximately 308,000 vehicles due to an air bag inflator issue in the cars. The problem is that the vehicle air bags may not inflate properly during a serious car accident, resulting in significant injuries to vehicle passengers and drivers.
The global automotive company said that the cars are being recalled because the air bags in certain older model Chevrolet Impala sedans don’t deploy. Government documents submitted by GM to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate that 2009 and 2010 Chevrolet Impalas may contain air bags that can be “knocked out.”
The defective air bags are located on the passenger side of the vehicles. According to GM, the seat frame in the vehicles makes contact with the wiring for the air bag. As the seat frame rubs against the air bag wiring, the sensor that detects the presence of a passenger reportedly loses power.
Under normal circumstances, a warning light in the motor vehicles will illuminate when the air bag sensors become compromised. However, GM said that the gauges for the warning lights don’t always work. This means that drivers and passengers in the affected Chevrolet Impala sedans might not be aware of the risk of their air bags failing to inflate in the event of a car accident.
GM issued the recall after receiving reports of two motor vehicle crashes that resulted in injuries to passengers. It is believed that the air bag inflator problem may have contributed to the car accident injuries.
Anyone with one of the recalled cars should contact their local General Motors dealership and schedule an appointment to fix the air bag. GM dealers are expected to repair the affected vehicles by adding anti-abrasion tape to ensure that the air bag wires don’t chafe when making contact with the vehicle seat frames.
For more information, read the Seattle Times article, “GM Recalls about 308K Cars; Air Bags May Not Work in Crash.”
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