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Recall 08V046000

Head Protection In A Crash Not Up To Standards

Recall Details

There is not sufficient head protection during a crash in vehicles not equipped with optional roof rail air bags. Dealers will install an energy-absorbing plastic piece to the headliner trim free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

For vehicles not equipped with optional roof rail air bags, the head protection in a crash is is not adequate and does not meet federal requirements.

What Should You Do?

General Motors notified owners of affected vehicles starting in April 2008. You can check with your dealer to see if your vehicle is involved in this program. It is helpful to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on hand when you contact them. The General Motors recall number is 08016.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., January 30, 2008

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
January 30, 2008
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
181,516
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
08V046000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 181,516 MY 2006-2008 CHEVROLET HHR VEHICLES NOT EQUIPPED WITH OPTIONAL ROOF RAIL AIR BAGS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 201, 'OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN INTERIOR IMPACT.' IN TESTS, ONE OF THE UPPER INTERIOR OCCUPANT PROTECTION TEST POINTS EXCEEDED THE STANDARD'S REQUIREMENT.
Consequence
THIS STANDARD SPECIFIES PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS TO PROVIDE HEAD IMPACT PROTECTION FOR OCCUPANTS.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL INSTALL AN ENERGY-ABSORBING PLASTIC PIECE TO THE HEADLINER TRIM. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 2, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CHEVROLET AT 1-800-630-2438 OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT
Notify
GM RECALL NO. 08016. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO
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