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Recall 15V465000

Front Passenger Air Bag Stays Active With Child Seat Installed

Recall Details

The passenger front air bag may not deactivate as designed due to a failure of the sensing system. Dealers will correct the calibration-learning error by preconditioning the empty seat and also resetting the control unit to a seat zero-value free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger side front air bag may stay active with a child safety seat installed due to a failure of the occupant sensing system which shuts it down when working properly. This can cause injury to a child riding in the front passenger seat.

What Should You Do?

General Motors will notify owners of affected vehicles (a timetable for notification is not available as of the time of this writing). 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 15400.

Body, Interior & Misc., July 24, 2015

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
July 24, 2015
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
5,493
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
15V465000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 Chevrolet Impala vehicles manufactured April 15, 2013, to June 19, 2015, equipped with front vented-heated passenger seats. Accordingly, the Automatic Occupant Sensing (AOS) system may fail to suppress the front passenger air bag if a child seat is in the front passenger seat. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
Consequence
If the front passenger air bag deploys with a child seat in the front passenger seat, it increases the risk of injury to the child.
Remedy
GM will notify owners, and dealers will correct the calibration-learning error by preconditioning the empty seat, and also resetting the ECU to a seat zero-value, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM's number for this recall is 15400.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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