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General Motors recalls over 94,000 SUVs for damaged seat belts

Warren, MI – April 7, 2021 – General Motors (NYSE:GM) has recalled 94,641 vehicles whose seat belts may become damaged or trapped, increasing the risk of injury. The recall includes the following SUVs:

  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2021 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2021 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2021 GMC Yukon
  • 2021 GMC Yukon XL

Recall summary

The third-row seat and third-row seat belts in these vehicles may have been installed incorrectly. Therefore, they may become “entrapped” or damaged, making them difficult to use or latch. 

Risks

In the event of a crash, the seatbelt might break, amplifying the risk of injury. As stated in this  article about  a recent General Motors recall, seat belts saved about 15,000 lives in 2017 alone.  

Other General Motors recalls

In December 2020 General Motors recalled over 600,000 vehicles, including the 2021 Yukon XL, due to the seat belts being “loose or detached from the seat frame.” In 2021, Chevrolet Tahoe was part of a 33,000-strong  recall due to defective Continental tires.

Repair

GM dealers will inspect and replace damaged seat belts for free. Owners will be contacted about this recall on May 3.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Approximately 95,000 vehicles are part of this General Motors recall. To perform a General Motors recall check, use Motor Safety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Aleksandra SnesarevaGeneral Motors recalls over 94,000 SUVs for damaged seat belts

Nissan recalls Infiniti SUVs due to risk of airbag failure

Franklin, TN – March 26, 2021- Nissan (OTCMKTS:NSANY ) is recalling 26,156 vehicles due to an incorrectly folded airbag cushion. This may result in the airbag tearing “during deployment” and failing to cushion the passenger to the fullest extent, magnifying the risk of injury.

The recall includes the following SUVs:

  • 2006  Infiniti FX35
  • 2007 Infiniti FX35
  • 2008 Infiniti FX35
  • 2006 – 2008 Infiniti FX45

The component in question is the Passenger Air Bag Module with the part number K8515 CL71A.

Recall summary

This recall is caused  by an improperly folded front passenger airbag cushion, which may restrict the flow of gas required to inflate the airbag during during deployment. This increases the cushion’s internal pressure and may cause a tear. 

The cars included in this recall were part of a massive 2020 recall because they were equipped with potentially lethal Takata airbag inflators. The airbags were then replaced by a different brand whose supplier did not fold them correctly, leading Nissan to issue corrective action.

Risks

As reported in our recent article about a Porsche recall, airbags’ goal is to cut down on the risk of upper body injury. Therefore, passengers in a crash without a fully functional airbag face an increased risk of injury, especially in a “moderate or severe” accident.

Other Infiniti recalls

Nissan recently recalled over 2020 Infiniti QX50 SUVs due to illegible text on the tire and loading information placard. The issue could potentially lead the driver to overinflate tires, increasing the likelihood of an accident. 

Repair

The repair is a free front passenger airbag module replacement at any Infiniti dealer. The recall is slated to start on April 18, 2021.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Approximately 26,000 vehicles are part of this Nissan recall. To perform a Nissan recall check, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Porsche recalls cars due to potential airbag failure

Atlanta, GA March 15, 2021 – Porsche (OTCMKTS:VWAGY) is recalling 39,547 vehicles due to faulty front seat occupancy sensors, which may fail to detect a front seat passenger. This may result in the airbag failing to activate in the event of a crash,  magnifying the risk of the injury. 

The component in question is a sensor mat with multiple part numbers, including 95B881256L and 95B881256M.

The recall includes the following compact SUVs:

  • 2017 Porsche Macan
  • 2018 Porsche Macan
  • 2017 – 2018 Porsche Macan GTS 
  • 2015 – 2018 Porsche Macan S
  • 2015 – 2018 Porsche Macan Turbo 

Recall summary  

The recall concerns the front seat occupancy sensor mats, which identify when a passenger is sitting in the seat, ultimately determining whether or not the airbag deploys. Because of the degradation of the fabric that composes the mat, the sensor may fail to “see” the passenger. In that case, the airbag will fail to deploy, increasing the risk of injury.

Warning signs

The occupants will be alerted to the faulty sensor by activation of the “airbag warning” or “passenger airbag OFF” lamps.

Other Porsche recalls  

This is at least the second Porsche recall since 2019 concerning software affecting airbag activation. In July 2019, over 7,500 vehicles were recalled for a similar issue.  The recall did not include any of the cars that are part of this recall.  Additionally, in February of last year, the 2017 Porsche Macan and 2017 Porsche Macan S  were among the cars recalled for a possible fuel leak.

Risks 

Airbags’ goal is to cut down on the risk of “upper body injury.” As such, passengers in a crash without an airbag are at a higher risk of injury, especially in a “moderate or severe” crash.

Repair 

The repair is a free replacement on the sensor mat and seat cushion. The recall will begin on May 2, 2021.

Is your vehicle part of the recall?

Approximately 40,000 vehicles are part of this Porsche recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Mercedes-Benz recalls luxury SUVs due to faulty stability control software

Jacksonville, FLMarch 3, 2021 – Daimler AG (OTCMKTS:DDAIF) – known as Mercedes-Benz – has recalled 41,838 luxury SUVs due to a possibility that these vehicles may unexpectedly jerk to one side during quick movements, increasing the risk of a crash. The problem is caused by an issue with the cars’ electronic stability control software, which helps drivers maintain control of the vehicle.

The recall includes 2020 and 2021 Mercedes GLE-  and GLS-class cars, including the following models:

  • 2020-2021 Mercedes GLE350 
  • 2020-2021 Mercedes GLE450 
  • 2020 Mercedes GLE580 
  • 2020 Mercedes GLE450 
  • 2020 Mercedes GLS580 

Recall summary

These vehicles operate with an Electronic Stability Control system (ESP), which “ensures that the car moves in the direction it wants to go”, as reported. Due to a software error, if the driver needs to quickly change direction – when trying, for example, to avoid a crash –  the ESP may jolt the vehicle to the side. This makes the crash more likely to occur.

Other Mercedes recalls

This is the second Mercedes-Benz recall since last year concerning the ESP software. In July, over 5,000 high-performance AMG vehicles were recalled for a similar issue.

In February, 2020 Mercedes GLE 450 SUVs were among cars recalled for a backup light issue. The light would stay on continuously, even after the drivers shifted out of reverse. In December 2019, a single 2020 Mercedes Benz GLE450 4matic vehicle needed to be taken in for repair for insufficient padding on some of the headrests.

Risks

Getting pulled to a side can result in a crash which may hurt the occupants of the car, other drivers and pedestrians. Due to the nature of the defect, the driver will not be alerted to the problem in advance.

Repair

Dealers will perform a free software update on the ESP to fix the issue.  The recall will start on April 13.

Is your car part of this recall?

Over 40,000 vehicles are part of this Mercedes-Benz recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Volvo recalls luxury sedans for Takata-like airbag problems

Pleasanton, CA – November 29, 2020 – Volvo Car USA (OTC:GELYF)  has recalled 54,124 executive cars with airbags whose inflators may burst and injure or kill the driver and passengers with “metal fragments” when deployed. The recall concerns the FG2 Twin Driver Airbag Inflator Module containing 5AT 148 and includes:

  • 2001-2003 Volvo S60
  • 2001-2003 Volvo S80

Recall summary

Airbag inflators perform exactly what you’d expect them to do – inflate a car’s airbag when needed in the event of a crash. In a scenario that’s eerily similar to the infamous Takata airbag recall, metal fragments that form part of the inflator may shatter during the airbag deployment and strike the occupants of the vehicle.

The defect is a result of the propellant in the airbag being exposed to hot temperatures and “elevated moisture levels” present in the areas with such climate. As such, the recall encompasses 22 Southern U.S. states, as well as five U.S. territories,  such as Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. 

History of airbag troubles

Since 2018, ZF TRW – a U.S. subsidiary of German auto parts maker ZF Group that appears to be behind the recall – has been subject to 68 lawsuits, according to the court records. At least one of the ongoing lawsuits allege that ZF-manufactured airbags fail to deploy during a crash because of a “design defect,” according to a transcript from a hearing.

Risks

In the event of a crash, the airbag deploys at a very high speed, in less than a second.  During the deployment, the metal fragments in the inflator can shoot out and injure the driver or the passengers or cause their death.

As of the date of the recall, one fatality was reported.

Repair

Volvo will be replacing the driver side airbag free of charge. The vehicle owners will be notified of the recall on January 4.  It is not clear, however, when the remedy will be available.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

More than 54,000 vehicles are a part of this Volvo Car recall. To check whether your car is one of them, you can use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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Audi recalls Q7 SUVs over higher risk of head injury in event of crash

Pleasanton, CA – November 27, 2020 – Volkswagen AG (NASDAQ:VWAGY) has recalled nearly 10% of its 2018-2020 Audi Q7 luxury SUVs due to inadequate padding on one of the pillars – a structure that supports the roof of the car. This issue may translate into a higher risk of a head injury in the event of a crash. Around 94,000 vehicles are affected by this recall.

Part number for the deformation element is 4M0 880 619.

Recall summary

C-pillar is one of the four or five pillars that support the roof of the car and is located towards the back of the car. Recalled vehicles do not have enough padding on this pillar, due to a production error made by a sub-supplier based in Austria.

Risks

Inadequate padding may result in a head injury if a passenger who is not wearing a seatbelt hits his or her head during an accident. Until your car is repaired, pay special attention to your surroundings to protect your loved ones.

The repair

Dealers will replace the non-conforming element of C-pillar free of charge. It is not clear from the recall documents if that element is padding.

The recall started on November 17 but it is uncertain when the remedy will be available.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 94,000 vehicles are included in this recall. To see if your Q7 is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

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