NHTSA Investigating A Reported Airbag Issue in 749,312 GM Trucks

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stated that airbag indicator lights may prompt malfunctions in 749,312 General Motors’ trucks.

The NHTSA probe covers SUVs and pickup trucks from Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC – and they have shared documents about the investigation. According to this documentation, there have been 15 complaints, and eight confidential statements made to the NHTSA. So far no major injuries or fatalities have been reported.

Here is the focus for their investigation:

“Airbag malfunction indicator (MIL) illumination accompanied by diagnostic trouble codes B0001-1B or B0012-0D may result in a loss of airbag protection for the driver.-

Summary:

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received fifteen consumer complaints on alleged airbag system malfunctions on certain General Motors (GM) vehicles. Nine of the consumer complaints allege the illumination of an airbag malfunction indicator (MIL). Six crash incidents have significant frontal collision damage where driver frontal airbags failed to deploy. all the complaints received by ODI involve either GM vehicles (Model Years 2020 and 2021 Silverado, Sierra, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Yukon XL, Escalade, and Escalade ESV) covered by GM Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) 21-NA-005.”

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During the investigation, the probe sites rust as one of the issues. Rust particles in the connection terminal interface of the driver airbag inflator can cause the airbag MIL illumination.

The specific (2020 and 2021) trucks from Chevrolet include the Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Chevrolet Suburban. GMC vehicles include the GMC Sierra, GMC Yukon, and GMC Yukon XL. Cadillac includes the Cadillac Escalade, and Cadillac Escalade ESV.

The NHTSA said it is “opening this preliminary investigation to determine the scope and severity of the potential problem. (And) to fully assess the potential safety-related issues.”

While there has yet to be an official recall issued by General Motors, you can contact the automaker if you have issues: 1-866-694-6546. You can also check on your VIN by going to GM’s official website (here).

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