The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and General Motors have issued a product safety recall for certain examples of the 2015 model year Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and GMC Acadia crossovers due to an airbag inflator explosion risk.
The problem: affected vehicles may feature an airbag inflator manufactured by ARC Automotive Inc. that can explode upon deployment due to a manufacturing defect. GM also recalled 550 examples of the 2013-2017 Chevy Traverse and 2008-2017 Buick Enclave over a faulty ARC Automotive Inc inflator last October. That recall was issued after NHTSA received a report of a fatal crash involving a 2015 model year Chevy Traverse in which the front driver’s side airbag inflator may have ruptured. NHTSA has been investigating certain ARC Inc. inflators since July of 2015, however, after it received two separate injury incident reports involving non-GM vehicles that used this inflator type.
The hazards: an airbag inflator explosion such as this may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other vehicle occupants. This can cause serious injury or death.
The fix: GM dealers will be instructed to replace the driver’s side airbag module in affected vehicles. This repair will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Affected components: driver’s side airbag inflator.
Number of affected vehicles: 2,687.
Next steps: owner notification letters regarding this recall are expected to be mailed out on May 30th, 2022. Owners of affected vehicles with further questions or concerns can also reach out to Buick, Chevy or GMC directly using the contact information included below. Those who may be unsure whether their vehicle is affected by this recall can visit my.gm.com/recalls and type in their VIN to view any recalls that may be active on it.
- GM recall number: N222366190
- NHTSA Campaign Number: 22V246000
- Chevy Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- Buick Customer Service: 1-877-248-2080
- GMC Customer Service: 1-877-248-2080