The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is reviewing 58,000 units of the GMT900-based 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe to determine whether the SUV’s side curtain airbags fail to prevent motorists from being ejected during a crash.
NHTSA’s review is the result of a defect petition filed in August. The petition seeks a formal investigation into the 2010 Tahoe following a fatal crash in Texas.
The petition states that “defects allow second and third row occupants to be ejected despite the deployment of rollover side curtain air bags. The petition references a 2011 Texas accident that involved a model year 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe. The crash allegedly resulted in multiple occupants to be ejected, with one of the occupants being fatally injured.”
NHTSA said that a “preliminary review of its consumer complaint data found no similar reports of occupant ejections on 2007-2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon vehicles.” What’s more, the agency also reviewed Early Warning Reporting data submitted by GM, and will decide whether to open a formal investigation.
“General Motors will cooperate with NHTSA as it determines whether to open an investigation based on the defect petition,” GM spokesman Alan Adler said Monday. “GM investigated the complaint that is the basis of the petition and found no defect trend.”