2010 Chevrolet Cobalt Recalled To Fix Wiring Flaw Linked To Airbag Failure

August 14, 2015

General Motors has issued a recall for the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt. According to Detroit News, some of those vehicles may suffer from a wiring flaw that could keep airbags from deploying when they're most needed.

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The Cobalt's problem is rooted in a wiring harness found in the driver-side front door. That harness may have been improperly installed, putting it in close proximity to the window regulator. When the window is all the way down, the regulator may make contact with the harness and wear through the harness casing over time.

Should that happen, it could short out some of the wiring, including an airbag sensor linked to the driver-side roof rail airbag. In that case, the airbag wouldn't deploy during a collision, increasing the risk of injury to the driver. 

As with another airbag wiring flaw we've covered today, the good news is that if this is a problem on your car, you'll know because the airbag warning light on your dashboard will be illuminated.

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The bad news is that this recall affects a lot of cars -- some 73,000 in all. Of that number, 60,000 are registered in the U.S., and the remaining 13,000 are in Canada.

GM says that it know of one accident and one injury linked to the problem.

If you own a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt and have additional questions, you're encouraged to contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020.

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