2016 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Malibu subject of stop-sale order & recall

March 11, 2016

General Motors has issued a stop-sale and recall of three 2016 models: the Chevrolet Malibu sedan and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon pickup trucks. The recall is effective across the U.S. and Canada.

In a letter to dealers, GM said that the problem with those models involved the airbag control module, though the company has been clear to note that the airbags in question weren't made by Takata. (Continental? Definitely maybe.) Per the letter:

"Some of these vehicles have a condition in which the second stage of the driver frontal airbag may not deploy properly in certain high-speed crashes If the vehicle is involved in a high-speed crash that triggers the second stage deployment of the driver frontal air bag, the second stage of the inflator may not fill the air bag as completely and as quickly as designed, which could lead to an increased risk of injury to the driver."

The good news is, GM has received no reports of injuries related to the problem.

In other good news, the recall is fairly small, involving 1,750 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada, though additional recalls are possible in Mexico. It's not clear how many of the recalled vehicles have already been purchased and how many remain in dealer inventories.

We'll try to publish further details once the recall is posted with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Stay tuned.

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