Warren, MI — October, 28 2015 — General Motors has recalled 395 vehicles equipped with defective airbag systems. The recall includes the following models:
- 2015 Chevrolet Camaro
- 2015 Chevrolet Equinox
- 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
- 2015 Buick LaCrosse
- 2015 Cadillac XTS
- 2015 GMC Terrain
As the Part 573 Safety Recall Report notes, the seat-mounted side impact airbag modules in the front of several 2015 brands could contain the kind of exploding inflators seen in other units. The airbag could also simply not inflate at all when needed.
Although the specific cause behind this fault is not known, a side airbag inflator failed a Takata Lot Acceptance Test earlier this month, with both that company and GM taking action to look into this issue. Potentially affected vehicles include
The manufacturer plans to replace the inflators and also use those replaced units for “further investigation.” Customers are expected to receive letters about this issue starting October 20, with the Campaign Initiation Detail Report available soon. Dealers should have already received notification, as the original dates ranged from October 16 to 19.
“In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of one or both of the side impact air bags, the inflator(s) could rupture with inflator components striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says in a letter about the subject.
GM will replace the side airbags. The new replacement modules will feature inflators that are not currently under suspicion.
Is your vehicle part of the recall?
Nearly 400 vehicles were originally part of this recall. As of April 21, 2017, – the last date for which information was available – 342 airbags had been replaced.To see if your car still needs to be repaired, use MotorSafety’s free lookup tool.