Faulty Software Causes False Airbag Assurances

Currently, General Motors is recalling up to 282,429 vehicles due to faulty software that may lead vehicle owners to believe their airbag is working properly when in fact, it is not. The faulty software fails to provide the vehicle owner warning that the airbag is indeed faulty, thus the airbags may not deploy during an auto-collision.

The 2021 vehicles affected are the Chevrolet Corvette sports car; the Buick Envision SUV; the Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans; Cadillac Escalade ESV SUVs; the Chevrolet Suburban SUV; and the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs. Vehicle owners can check the National Highway Transportation and Safety website using their vehicle’s 17-digit vehicle identification to determine if their vehicle is under recall.

Essentially the malfunction affects the vehicle warning light, preventing it from illuminating.  If a fault exists with the airbags, the warning light will not illuminate, causing the drivers to assume the airbags will deploy in a crash, however they will not. Vehicle owners may download the software fix directly via an “over-the-air” software update, without a visit to the dealership. Also, vehicle owners may choose to simply visit a dealership where the software fix can be performed by a technician. The software patch only takes about 15 minutes to update.

This General Motors recall comes in the wake of other recent recalls by GM involving seatbelts for 600,000 plus vehicles, as well as fuel tank leaks from the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon.

If you or someone you know has suffered due to a vehicle malfunctioning, contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz, & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll-free at 1-800-594-4884.