NHTSA Investigating GM Airbag Issue

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April 14, 2021—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating complaints that the airbags may not inflate in thousands of General Motors vehicles, the Detroit Free Press reported. 

The investigation covers nearly 750,000 Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles from the 2020 and 2021 model years. Most are full-size pickup trucks and SUVs. 

The agency says in documents posted Tuesday on its website that it has 15 complaints of airbag malfunctions, including six crashes with eight reported injuries. It also has eight field reports. 

No recall has been issued, but GM released a service bulletin to dealers about the problem in March. he bulletin says rust particles can accumulate on a driver's airbag connection terminal. That can cause the airbag malfunction light to come on, and could stop the airbags from inflating.

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