General Motors is again recalling more cars for safety defects. The Associated Press reported July 21, 2016 that GM is recalling nearly 300,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. for potentially defective air bags. The danger is that the air bags may not engage and inflate properly in a crash.
Chevrolet Impalas 2009-10 recalled
GM cars in this latest safety recall include Impalas from model years 2009 and 2010, manufactured prior to Feb. 10, 2010.
In government documents, GM says the front passenger seat frame can damage wiring by rubbing against a nearby passenger detection sensor. Damaged wiring could then cut power to the sensor and knock out the air bags.
Air bag warning lights will light up if the wires are chafed, though some warning gauges may fail to work.
GM Dealers said they will add anti-abrasion tape to address the problem. No schedule has yet been established for a time frame to make the necessary repairs.
Chevrolet Malibus recalled for Air Bags
In March 2016, General Motors recalled more than 3,200 of its 2016 Chevrolet Malibus in the U.S. and Canada to replace assemblies for side-impact air bags. (KHOU: Malibu Air Bag Recall)
In that recall, two weld studs that secure front- and rear-side-impact air bag assemblies could fracture and separate during air bag deployment. As a result, the inflated cushion could move from its intended position, separate from the seat, and increase the risk of injury.
The 2016 Malibu had only been on the market a few months. The recall covers 3,137 Malibus in the U.S. and 105 in Canada.
No owners had reported crashes or injuries related to the issue, according to KHOU in March.
Dealers will replace the recalled side-impact airbag assemblies.
GM recalls nearly 300,000 cars for Air Bags
The recalled air bags were made by Takata, but the Malibu recall is not part of the large Takata recall for front driver and passenger air bag inflators. These side-impact air bag assemblies use an inflator from ARC Automotive. The condition in this recall concerns the integrity of the studs holding the assembly to the seat frame. The performance or safety of the inflator are not at issue in this Malibu recall.