2011 And 2012 Chevy Silverado Recalled For Airbag Inflator Rupture Risk1
GM has issued a recall for certain examples of the 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500. Affected units may be equipped with a defective airbag inflator and could pose a serious safety risk.
The problem: affected vehicles may be equipped with a front driver airbag module with an inflator that was built with a supplier-manufacturing defect. This defect may result in the inflator rupturing during deployment, which could result in metal fragments passing into the vehicle cabin.
The hazards: a ruptured inflator can pose a serious safety risk. If a ruptured inflator passes metal fragments into the cabin, it may result in injury or death for vehicle occupants.
The fix: to fix this issue, dealers are advised to inspect the front-driver airbag module and replace it if necessary.
Affected components: front-driver airbag modules produced for use as a service replacement.
- 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500
- 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500
Number of affected vehicles: it’s unknown at this time how many units of the 2011 Chevy Silverado 1500 and 2012 Chevy Silverado 1500 are affected by this recall.
Owners should: GM will notify customers affected by this recall. Customers will be given instructions on how to proceed. Some of the purchasers of the defective parts include body shops, independent repair shops, and other third-party automotive repair or distribution businesses, which will also be notified. Chevy customers can visit my.gm.com/recalls and input their VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) to view any open recalls or other actions that may be active for their vehicle. Unsold vehicles affected by this recall will be placed on a stop-sale order until the necessary repairs are performed. Any customers with further questions or concerns can reach out to GM or the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) using the contact information provided below:
- GM recall number: N222364860
- Chevy U.S. Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
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General Motors, LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2012 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Silverado 2500/3500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Sierra 2500/3500, Yukon, and Yukon XL originally sold, or ever registered, in the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands or “Zone A.” These vehicles are equipped with non-desiccated passenger frontal inflators containing phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. These inflators may explode due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and high temperature cycling.
An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.
GM will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator with an alternate one, free of charge. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk are expected to be mailed beginning March 1, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once the remedy is available. Owners may contact Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006; Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020; and GMC customer service at 1-800-462-8782. GM’s number for this recall is N212328770