It’s not a secret that air bag problems may lead to serious and potentially deadly car accidents. But what many consumers often ignore is that seat belt issues may also lead to serious accidents and injuries.
The latest auto recall impacts vehicles associated with both air bag and seat belt issues.
General Motors has announced that 40,683 vehicles are being recalled over seat belts and air bags that may not function in the event of a collision — which is when occupants most need them to function correctly.
Recalled vehicles include the 2014 through 2016 Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Spark EV, Caprice PPV and SS vehicles, the model year 2014 through 2017 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles, the model year 2015 and 2016 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Trax, Suburban and Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles, and the model year 2015 through 2017 GMC Sierra HD 2500 and 3500 vehicles.
Since these units may have not received the software update needed thanks to a previous recall, certain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module software to activate a diagnostic test.
During a test, reports show, the company learned that the deployment of air bags and seat belt pretensioners would not occur under certain circumstances in the event of a collision. If this is the case, then occupants will suffer major injuries as these features are designed to protect occupants.
GM has announced that recalled vehicle owners will be contacted in the near future and that all impacted vehicles will have the SDM software either replaced or reflashed.
Consumers who are concerned as the company has yet to announce a notification schedule should reach out to the manufacturer immediately to ask more details on how they should proceed to avoid being exposed to any risks until the software update is scheduled.
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