During certain driving conditions, the air bag sensing and diagnostic module (SDM) may activate a testing mode. If a crash were to occur during this mode, the frontal airbags and seat belt pretensioners would not deploy, increasing risk of injury to driver and front passengers.
The passenger frontal air bag may be disabled, and additional damage may occur causing a short in the air bag system, resulting in the loss of all air bag and seat belt pretensioner functionality. This is due to air bag system wiring becoming damaged by the passenger front seat frame. Air bags and seat belt pretenionsers that fail to operate can increase risk of occupant injury in a crash.
The headlight assemblies installed with the vehicles may not have proper markings to aid in properly aiming the lights in the proper direction. This could cause reduced night time visibility and could lead to an accident.
The passenger frontal air bag assembly is deployed by an inflator which contains propellant that makes the air bag deploy. This propellant may degrade over time, especially when exposed to humidity and temperature cycling. As a result, the inflator may rupture on deployment, which can send metal shrapnel through the air bag, striking vehicle occupants. This could result in serious injury or death.