GM is recalling 4.28 million vehicles worldwide to address a possible airbag software defect.
The defect is linked to at least one death and three injuries, the American automaker has revealed. According to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall will address a failure of the front airbags or seat belt pretensioners to deploy in the event of a crash. If an airbag fails to deploy when necessary, it increases the risk of injury to the driver and front passenger.
The problem was first discovered in May when a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado crashed and its airbags did not deploy. The American automaker notified Delphi, which is the supplier that made the module, and the two companies tested the modules and determined a recall was necessary.
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To resolve the issue, GM will update the software for free and the company says dealers already have access to the software update so it should be able to repair affected vehicles quickly.
The recall includes the 2014-2016 Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet SS and Spark EV; the 2014-2017 Buick Encore, GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice and Silverado; and the 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado HD, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL and Sierra HD, as well as the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV.
The recall affects 3.6 million units in the U.S.
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