General Motors issued a small recall, as it has found out some potentially defective front airbags on certain models in North America.
General Motors said that there are around 1,750 new-model model Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks and Chevrolet Malibu sedans in the United States and Canada with potentially defective front airbags. Therefore, the automaker has issued a safety campaign to rectify the problem and also it announced a stop-sale for the affected models, as the US law prohibits dealers from selling a vehicle involved in a recall without fixing it first. GM said there are also certain 2016 models with airbag issues in Mexico, but it did not specify the exact number. With the massive airbag crisis triggered by Takata, the first question that comes to mind is if the latest safety action is involving inflators made by the Japanese company. GM stated that Takata was not the provider of the defective inflators, without mentioning however the name of the supplier.
GM spokesman Tom Wilkinson said the issue was not expected to significantly affect sales of the popular midsize pickups or midsize sedan. Any delay in sales is expected to be short-lived, he said. “Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the second stage of the driver frontal airbag may not deploy properly in certain high-speed crashes,” GM said in a notice to its dealers. “If the vehicle is involved in a high-speed crash that triggers the second stage deployment of the driver frontal air bag, the second stage of the inflator may not fill the air bag as completely and as quickly as designed, which could lead to an increased risk of injury to the driver.”