General Motors is recalling certain units of the Chevrolet Impala over an issue with the airbag sensor in the front passenger seat.
The defect: in affected vehicles, the Automatic Occupant Sensing (AOS) system may fail to suppress the front passenger air bag if a child seat is in the front passenger seat. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”
The hazards: if the front passenger air bag deploys with a child seat in the front passenger seat, it increases the risk of injury to the child.
Affected vehicles: 2014-2015 model year Chevrolet Impala manufactured April 15, 2013, to June 19, 2015 and equipped with front vented-heated passenger seats.
Number of vehicles affected: 5,493 (U.S.-only figure)
The fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will correct the calibration-learning error by preconditioning the empty seat, and also resetting the ECU to a seat zero-value, free of charge. GM has not yet provided a notification schedule.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GM Recall Number: 15400
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V465000