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Recall 08V582000

Passenger Seat Sensing System for Passenger Side Air Bag May Malfunction

Recall Details

The software for the passenger side air bag deactivation feature may be faulty. This could cause the passenger side air bag to deploy when not desired, or conversely, may not allow deployment when it should. This could cause injury in an accident. Dealers will reprogram the passenger sensing system module. The General Motors recall number is 08373. This recall began on November 18, 2008.

Our Quick Take

The vehicle air bag restraint system features a sensing device in the passenger front seat. This sensor determines whether or not to deactivate the passenger side air bag. This system may malfunction due to a software flaw. If this happens, the air bag may not deploy as needed in an accident.

What Should You Do?

We at RepairPal have designated this a high priority recall; the air bag may not deploy in an accident, or may deploy when it shouldn't. Please contact your Cadillac dealer. They will check to see if your specific vehicle is affected and advise you on what to do next. Always have your vehicle identification number (VIN) handy when you call.

Affected Cars

Electrical & Lights, November 18, 2008

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 18, 2008
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
12,662
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
08V582000
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Summary
GM IS RECALLING 12,662 MY 2009 CADILLAC CTS VEHICLES FOR FAILING TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, 'OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.' UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, A SOFTWARE CONDITION WITHIN THE PASSENGER SENSING SYSTEM MAY DISABLE THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG WHEN IT SHOULD BE ENABLED OR ENABLE IT WHEN IT SHOULD BE DISABLED.
Consequence
IN A VEHICLE CRASH, IF THE FRONT PASSENGER AIR BAG DOES NOT OPERATE AS DESIGNED, INCREASED PERSONAL INJURY COULD OCCUR.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE PASSENGER SENSING SYSTEM MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 18, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CADILLAC AT 1-866-982-2339 OR THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE AT HTTP://WWW.GMOWNERCENTER.COM .
Notify
GM RECALL NO. 08373. 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 HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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