Airbag Software Defect Leads to General Motors Recall

General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4 million vehicles to fix an airbag software defect that has already been linked to one death and three injuries. 3.6 million of the 4.28 million vehicles involved are in the U.S. and are all from the 2014-2017 model years.

The company learned of the problem in May of 2014 when a Chevrolet Silverado crashed, and its airbags did not deploy. GM notified Delphi Corp., the supplier that made the module, but after tests they only decided to recall the vehicles this month. The company stated that the car’s sensing and diagnostic module – a tiny computer that reads what the vehicle is doing and when air bags should be deployed – can occasionally go into test mode. When in that mode, front air bags won’t deflate and even seat belt pretensioners may not tighten up in a crash.

General Motors Co. will notify customers and update the software for free, a repair process they say should occur quickly. Affected models include those from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac.

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