GM has issued a safety recall for certain units of the 2013 Chevy Aveo that may have been built with a defective front driver airbag inflator that can potentially rupture when it is activated during a collision.
Defective airbag inflators present in certain 2013 Chevy Aveo units can fail catastrophically when the vehicle’s safety systems command the inflator to activate during a crash. If the inflator module explodes, it may throw high-speed metal shrapnel through the airbag and into the interior of the Aveo, potentially wounding or killing vehicle occupants.
Unsold used 2013 Chevy Aveo sedans on dealer lots cannot be sold until the fix offered by GM has been applied to them. The official repair must be carried out and correctly entered in the system before dealership units can be sold, delivered, traded to other dealers, or used for demonstration purposes.
Only a partial fix for the exploding inflator is available at this point in time. The repair consists of replacing the front driver airbag inflator module with a newly manufactured, non-defective part, which completely remedies the problem.
However, replacement modules are currently only available for 2013 Chevy Aveo units equipped with the Jet Black airbag color. These vehicles are marked “Open” on the Investigate Vehicle History screen of the GM Global Warranty Management system. All other airbag colors have no fix available yet and are marked “Incomplete – Remedy Not Available.”
GM says it expects new modules to become available “for the remaining airbag colors in the very near future.”
As usual, owners of potentially affected 2013 Chevy Aveo sedans can contact Chevrolet customer service for additional information or to ask questions related to the recall. The toll-free number listed below provides the means of contact, while the safety recall number can be referenced as needed to identify the specific issue:
- GM recall number: N232413120
- Chevy customer service number: 1-800-222-1020