Motors announced a voluntary recall of approximately 3.64 million 2014-17 model
year vehicles in the United States. In a press release the company announced
that a sensing and diagnostic module (SDM), in affected vehicles has a software
defect which may prevent the deployment of frontal airbags and pretensioners.
The release further stated that a failure in deployment of airbags and
pretensioners may occur in rare circumstances when specific vehicle impact
affects the vehicle dynamics before a crash.
The recall will include brands under the GM umbrella
like Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The company will notify customers
whose vehicles have been affected while dealers will update the software free
of cost. Customers can also check if their vehicle is affected using their VIN
(Vehicle Identification Number) on the NHTSA or GM websites. The cost of this
recall is not expected to be material and will be included in the company's
third quarter earnings.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States
government issued a notice which stated that "a failure of the front
airbags 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 notice also indicated that GM will replace the SDM on
vehicles which have previously had an airbag deployment.
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