GM recalls 4M vehicles for air bag defect linked to 1 death

General Motors is recalling millions of vehicles to fix an air bag defect linked to at least one death.

The current recall affects certain 2014-2016 Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet SS and Spark EV vehicles; and 2014-2017 Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice PPV and Silverado 1500 vehicles. GM said the sensing and diagnostic module in the vehicles, which controls airbag deployment, contains a defect that may prevent the inflation of front airbags in certain crash conditions.

Other models such as the Sierra HD, Yukon XL, and GMC Yukon vehicles, Escalade ESV, and Cadillac Escalade models, Silverado HD, Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe 2015-2017 models, GMC Sierra 1500 series, and Buick Encore 2014-2017 versions were also affected.

GM in May was alerted to the crash of a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck in which air bags and seal-belt pretensioners allegedly failed as part of an internal program the company launched urging employees to speak up when spotting safety issues, according to documents filed with USA auto-safety regulators.

GM's action marked the latest massive air bag-related recall in recent years by leading automakers, and was the latest air bag-related issue the Detroit automaker has faced. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the recall Friday.

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GM stock fell on the and was trading down $0.90 a share to $30.81, down 2.8 percent. The company said the recall would not have a material impact on its financial results. GM shared the data with Delphi, the auto parts and electronics supplier that provided the system, according to a NHTSA report.

Once the recall is underway, owners who are notified will be able to take their vehicle to a dealership to have the SDM software re-flashed, with the exception of vehicles that has had an airbag deployment, in which case GM will entirely replace the module.

The company is recalling 4.28 million vehicles worldwide, including 3.6 million in the U.S.

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