Cadillac is recalling 47,401 of its popular-selling 2011 SRX luxury crossovers sold in the United States because the front passenger airbag doesn’t deploy as it should.
The total recall affects 50,500 SRX models in North America. Outside the U.S., the figure includes 3,099 sold in Canada and Mexico.
There have been no reports of any crashes or injuries related to the issue, according to General Motors.
GM says that when the SRX’s occupant-sensing system detects an occupant in the front passenger seat, it is programmed to turn off the passenger-side roof-rail airbag.
The problem is that this isn’t what the owner’s manual says. In the owner’s manual, it states that the airbag will deploy whether or not the front seat is occupied.
This is also a violation of federal motor vehicle safety standards covering occupant crash protection.
What GM will do
GM is notifying owners of the affected 2011 Cadillac SRX models by letter. The safety campaign is expected to begin on or about June 17, 2011. Owners will be notified to take their vehicles to GM dealers who will then reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge.
Where SRX owners can get more info
Owners of 2011 Cadillac SRX may contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339 or the Owner Center at www.gmownercenter.com. The GM recall campaign number is 11162.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID number 11V308000.