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A kink or fold in the 'front passenger presence system mat'—a sensor pad in the seat that detects when someone is seated there—can cause the part to malfunction, potentially leading to a passenger airbag that does not deploy in a crash.
According to GM, there are no known injuries or fatalities linked to the issue, and if the passenger-side airbag does become disabled the passenger airbag status indicator in the rearview mirror sill show the airbag as being off, the 'air bag' indicator will illuminate, and a 'service air bag' error will show in the Driver Information Center.
Owners of affected 2005-2007 Cadillac CTS models will be receiving individual notification about the issue this winter, with the mailing effort to begin in February; the mat will be replaced free of charge in affected vehicles.
Those with any questions should contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339, or check with NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.