GM recalls 4.3 million cars, trucks over airbag fault

The recall covers 3.6 million vehicles in the United States and 640,000 sold in other countries.
The recall covers 3.6 million vehicles in the United States and 640,000 sold in other countries.PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - General Motors issued a recall notice on Friday (Sept 9) for 4.3 million cars and trucks worldwide due to a dangerous electronic fault that could prevent airbag deployment in an accident.

GM said that in certain driving conditions, the vehicle's airbag sensing and diagnostic module software could automatically begin a diagnostic test that, if running during an accident, could prevent front-seat airbags and seatbelt pretensioners from deploying.

GM learned of the fault from a May 17, 2016, accident of a 2014 Silverado truck in which the airbag and tensioners did not activate.

The recall covers a wide range of sedans, sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks from the 2014-2017 model years: Buick LaCrosse and Encore; Chevrolet SS, Spark EV, Corvette, Trax, Caprice, Tahoe, Suburban and Silverado; GMC Sierra and Yukon; and Cadillac Escalade.

The recall covers 3.6 million vehicles in the United States and 640,000 sold in other countries.