2016 Chevrolet Colorado, Malibu, GMC Canyon recalled for airbag problem

March 23, 2016

General Motors is recalling more than 1,500 Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Malibu, and GMC Canyon vehicles from the 2016 model year to fix a problem with their airbag systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that some of those systems may not deploy airbags as intended, increasing the risk of injury to occupants during a collision.

Interestingly, the airbags in question weren't manufactured by Takata, but by Michigan-based Key Safety Systems. While the deployment of driver-side first-stage airbags should go as planned, the second-stage system might not fare so well during a high-speed crash. As NHTSA's defect report explains, "A secondary chemical enhancer required for the proper deployment of second-stage frontal airbags was not loaded during the airbag inflator build at the supplier."

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The recall is limited to vehicles made on the following dates:

  • 2016 Chevrolet Colorado trucks built between January 19, 2016, and February 2, 2016
  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles built between January 9, 2016 and January 26, 2016
  • 2016 GMC Canyon trucks built between January 21, 2016 and February 4, 2016

All told, GM estimates that the recall affects 1,579 vehicles registered in the U.S.

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GM says that it will mail recall notices to owners, instructing them to take their vehicles to an appropriate dealership for service. Dealers will replace the driver-side frontal air bag modules at no charge.

If you own one of these vehicles and you have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Chevrolet customer service at 800-222-1020 or GMC customer service at 800-462-8782 and ask about recall #28030. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V125000.

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