General Motors is recalling certain units of the 2016-2017 Chevrolet Spark mini hatchback over an issue that could result in an injury for the front passenger if said passenger is a child and is unbelted. The recall initially went into effect May 9th, 2017 and has resulted in a stop-sale of the vehicles.
The defect: in the event of a crash, if a young child is seated improperly and not wearing a seat belt while in the front passenger seat, deployment of the front passenger air bag may injure the occupant’s neck. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection.”
The hazards: in the event of a crash with a frontal airbag deployment, an unbelted child in the front passenger seat has an increased risk of injury.
Number of vehicles affected: 55,068 vehicles (United States figure).
The fix: GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 5th, 2017.
Owners should: customers looking to find out if their vehicle is included in this Chevy Spark 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, then owners should take it to a Chevrolet dealer.
Owners can also contact Chevrolet customer service with questions by using the following information.
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GM Recall Number: 17199
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
- NHTSA Website: www.safecar.gov
- NHTSA Recall Number: 17V307000