General Motors is issuing a stop-sale and recalling 2016 model year vehicles over an issue with the driver-side front airbag inflator.
The defect: in affected vehicles, the second stage of the driver front airbag inflator might not be present
The hazards: if the second stage driver front airbag inflator is missing, the airbag won’t fill as quickly as it should in a high-speed crash, which could increase the risk of injury.
Injuries or deaths: none reported.
- 2016 Chevrolet Colorado manufactured January 19, 2016 to February 2, 2016
- 2016 Chevrolet Malibu manufactured January 9, 2016 to January 26, 2016
- 2016 GMC Canyon manufactured January 21, 2016 to February 4, 2016
Number of vehicles affected: 1,740 units, including:
- 1,579 in the United States
- 161 in Canada
The fix:GM will replace the vehicles’ airbag assemblies. According to GM spokesperson Tom Wilkinson, the recall repairs will begin “shortly”. He expects the fixes to happen “quickly” since the recall affects a small number of vehicles, many of which are either in transport or already in dealer stock.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this General Motors 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 General Motors dealer.
Owners can also contact Chevrolet customer service or GMC customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GMC Customer Service: 1-800-462-8782
- GM Recall Number: 28030
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 16V125000
In 2014, GM recalled the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and 2015 GMC Canyon over an airbag issue that is not related to the one outlined here. In that recall, a manufacturing error improperly wired the connectors.
In addition, the recall is in no way related to faulty Takata airbag inflators, as the parts for the airbags in the affected vehicles come from a different supplier.