May 16, 2023- General Motors has announced a recall notice of nearly one million SUV Crossovers with a potentially life-threatening airbag defects. The recall specifically affects 994,763 GM vehicles, spread out between certain Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, and GMC Acadia vehicles produced between the 2014 and 2017 model years.
According to documentation filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the driver’s side airbags inflator may explode during deployment, which may send sharp metal fragments into the cabin of the vehicle, potentially causing serious injury or death.
The manufacturer learned of a report that a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse was involved in a crash in March, and that the front-driver airbag inflator exploded during deployment. A later inspection confirmed that the front-driver airbag inflator ruptured in the vehicle.
GM dealers were set to be notified on May 10, 2023, with owner notification estimated to begin in later June. Under the recall, dealers will replace the driver’s air bag unit for free. Concerned owners can check the NHTSA recalls site to confirm if their vehicle is involved in the recall.
The recall comes as part of a larger request from NHTSA that ARC Automotive Inc. recall 67 million airbag inflators because of the risk that they may explode. Documents released by NHTSA show that ARC denied the request. The ARC airbag inflators affect the GM products being recalled, as well as Stellantis, BMW, and Hyundai Motor Group vehicles.