General Motors is recalling certain units of its Chevrolet Cobalt sedans to fix an issue that could prevent an airbag form deploying in a crash.
The defect: affected vehicles were built with improperly-routed Side-Impact Sensor (SIS) wiring harness in the driver’s side front door. When improperly routed, the window regulator could contact the harness when the window is fully lowered and over time chafe the harness insulation, leading to a short circuit. The vehicles will display a warning light that the air bag was malfunctioning before a crash.
The hazards: the misrouted wiring harness and resulting short circuit could disable the driver side curtain air bag from deploying during a crash. GM said that it has a report of one injury and crash related to the issue.
Affected vehicles: 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Sedan manufactured between January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010.
Number of vehicles affected: 73,000, of which:
- 60,000 are in the United States
- 13,000 are in Canada
The fix: dealers will inspect all suspect vehicles and any found with the condition will be repaired. The recall is expected to begin August 26, 2015.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Chevrolet recall should visit recalls.gm.com. There, owners will be able to enter their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see any open recalls as well as customer satisfaction programs. If the vehicle is part of the recall, customers should take it to a Chevrolet dealer.
Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GM Recall Number: 15075
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 15V500000
This new recall is not related to GM’s 2014 recall of 2.6 million vehicles, including the 2005-2010 Cobalt, for defective ignition switches, which are linked to nearly 400 deaths and injuries. That ignition switch call back is associated with faulty ignition switches that could be accidentally moved to the off or accessory modes, resulting in the air bags failing to deploy in a crash.