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2012 Chevy Cruze And Sonic, Buick Verano Recalled For Airbag Trouble


2012 Chevrolet Cruze

2012 Chevrolet Cruze

General Motors is recalling certain 2012 model year Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic and Buick Verano small cars over concerns that the driver’s side frontal airbags may not work properly.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 2,749.

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

2012 Chevrolet Sonic

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The problem

According to the NHTSA bulletin and documentation from General Motors (PDF), some of these vehicles may have a condition in which the shorting bar inside the dual-stage driver’s airbag may “occasionally” contact the primary stage airbag terminals. The contact causes the airbag warning light to illuminate.

The safety consequence of the bar and the terminal in contact with each other is that, in the event of a crash, the primary stage airbag will fail to deploy, thus increasing the risk of injury to the driver.

2012 Buick Verano

2012 Buick Verano

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What GM will do

Although General Motors has not yet provided a notification schedule, the automaker said it will notify owners of the 2012 Chevrolet Cruze and Sonic and Buick Verano small cars and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil. The service will be performed at no charge.

In the meantime, owners of vehicles involved in the recall campaign with any questions or concerns may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300, referencing the GM safety recall campaign #12261.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V522000.

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