General Motors is recalling the last generation Chevrolet Impala over an issue with the seat frame that can cause the passenger airbag to malfunction.
The defect: the front passenger seat frame may contact and damage the wires of the passenger presence sensor module.
The hazards: if the wires are damaged, the passenger presence sensory system may fail to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied, disabling the air bag. Damage may also cause the air bag fuse to short resulting in a loss of all air bags and seat belt pretensions. Both conditions increase the risk of injury during a crash.
Affected vehicles: 2009-2010 Chevrolet Impala manufactured April 25, 2008 – February 16, 2010.
Number of vehicles affected: 289,254 (United States figure).
The fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will double wrap the wires with anti-abrasion tape and replace damaged wires as necessary, free of charge.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Chevrolet Impala 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 can also contact Chevrolet customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1050
- GM Recall Number: 36110
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 16V507000