General Motors recall in huge magnitude to fix the faulty software that could cause airbags not to deploy in the event of a crash
General Motors has announced a massive recall of vehicles due to a software issue. The American car company will be calling back nearly 4.3 million units worldwide to fix a software problem that has been recently discovered. Models under Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac badges have been involved. The brand has recalled different category of vehicles as because the software in them prevented the deployment of airbags in the event of a crash.
The software bug was also found to be responsible for seat belts being not locked properly. GM has urged the recall because the issues have been linked with a death already alongside three injuries. The statement from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said at certain driving conditions the affected vehicles could cause airbag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) software to activate a diagnostic test.
When that happens, the airbags at front and seatbelt pre-tensioners would not deploy during crash scenarios. The cars involved in the recall include Chevrolet Spark EV, Buick LaCross and Chevrolet SS produced between 2014 and 2016. Additionally the GMC Sierra, Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, Chevrolet Silverado and Chevrolet Caprice sold from 2014 to 2017 have also been affected.
The recalls extends to other models like GMC Yukon XL, GMC Sierra HD, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Silverado HD, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon. These models were rolled off the production lines between 2015 and 2017. The new recall has come two years since GM announced a major campaign of such magnitude. In 2014, the third largest car maker in the world recalled 2.6 million vehicles due to faulty ignition switches that led to 124 fatalities and 275 injuries.
General Motors will inform the owners about the recall and they can schedule the timings with authorised dealerships as the software will be updated free of cost. The dealers will reflash the SDM software and vehicles that have had a previous air bag deployment will have the SDM replaced.