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Recall 11V534000

Under Certain Conditions, the Front Passenger Airbag Does Not Meet Federal Safety Standards

Recall Details

With the front passenger seat occupied and in the full forward position, the seat position sensor will cause a 30 millisecond deployment delay between the first and second stages of the dual-stage frontal passenger airbag. In the event of a crash, this delay may result in increased head injury to certain front seat occupants. Dealers will reprogram the airbag control module software to correct this concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger front airbag may fail to meet federal safety standards if deployed with the passenger seat in the full forward position.

What Should You Do?

As of this time, General Motors has not provided an owner notification schedule. There are no symptoms related to this recall. It would be best to avoid operating the vehicle with the passenger seat occupied and in the full forward position until the recall has been performed. If you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.

Affected Cars

Body, Interior & Misc., November 3, 2011

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
November 3, 2011
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
38,444
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
11V534000
Component
AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Summary
GENERAL MOTORS (GM) IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 PONTIAC G8 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM NOVEMBER 2, 2007 THROUGH JANUARY 22, 2009. A 5TH PERCENTILE FEMALE ANTHROPOMORPHIC TEST DEVICE (ATD) IN A 30 MPH FRONTAL BARRIER TEST EXCEEDED THE HEAD INJURY CRITERIA (HIC) REQUIREMENTS OF THE STANDARD. WITH THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT POSITIONED FULL FORWARD, THE SEAT POSITION SENSOR WILL CAUSE A 30 MILLISECONDS DEPLOYMENT DELAY BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND STAGES OF THE DUAL-STAGE FRONTAL PASSENGER AIR BAG.
Consequence
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THIS DELAY MAY RESULT IN INCREASED HEAD INJURY TO CERTAIN FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS.
Remedy
GM DEALERS WILL REPROGRAM THE SENSING AND DIAGNOSTIC MODULE FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PONTIAC AT 1-800-620-7668.
Notify
OWNERS 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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