General Motors Issues a Recall of More Than 4 Million Vehicles

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Nov 22, 2016

General Motors Co. announced a recall of almost 4.3 million of their vehicles from around the world back in September of this year over a defect with their airbag and seatbelt deployment software. More than 3.6 million of those vehicles are in the United States.

General Motors reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that the issue in question is with the sensor module that may randomly enter diagnostic mode during a crash, preventing the seatbelt pretensioners and airbags from deploying in the event of a crash. When working properly, the pretensioners activate a concealed piston in your seatbelt that removes all slack and pins you down to your seat and positions you in the ideal place to work in conjunction with the deployed airbag. You and all of your passengers are placed in greater danger when either of these safety devices fail to activate during a crash.

At least one person has been killed and another three people have been injured because their vehicle’s sensor module entered diagnostic mode during a crash. In General Motor’s statement filed with the NHTSA, they said[1]:

“[C]ertain driving conditions may cause the air bag sensing and diagnostic module software to activate a diagnostic test…A failure of the front air bags 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 automobile manufacturer became aware of the defect back in May when the airbags in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado failed to deploy during a crash. General Motors reportedly alerted the faulty sensor module’s manufacturer, Delphi, to the issue before beginning tests of the rest of their vehicles in June. According to the document filed with the NHTSA, the vehicles affected include:

  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet Spark EV
  • 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Caprice Police Pursuit
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Trax
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
  • 2014-2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Suburban
  • 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe
  • 2015-2017 GMC Sierra 3500
  • 2015-2017 GMC Sierra 2500
  • 2014-2017 GMC Sierra 1500
  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon XL
  • 2015-2017 GMC Yukon
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade
  • 2015-2017 Cadillac Escalade ESV
  • 2014-2017 Buick Encore
  • 2014-2016 Buick LaCrosse

We rely on our cars nearly every day of our lives, and manufacturing errors like this put millions of drivers at risk of serious injury or even death. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash, you have the right to seek legal compensation to cover your medical bills and other damages that were caused by the accident. The Nashville personal injury attorneys at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge have been fighting for the rights of injured victims since 1977, and through hard work and dedication have secured record-setting verdicts and settlements for our clients. Contact us for a free case consultation, or call us at (615) 933-2893 to speak with one of our personal injury lawyers today.

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