Auto giant General Motors has recalled more than 280,000 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles due to an airbag warning light problem.
Some vehicles of the concern have a software problem. Because of this, the system may display an airbag malfunction indicator lamp if the airbag problem occurs only during alternating ignition cycles. Because the airbag warning light may not illuminate continuously, drivers may not be aware that the airbag is inoperative.
General Motors began investigating the issue on May 7, 2021. A field data survey completed on May 29 revealed 19 warranty claims related to the issue. The automaker notes that it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.
All affected vehicles are 2021 models and include Buick Envision, Cadillac CT4 and CT5, Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV, Chevrolet Corvette, Tahoe and Suburban, and GMC Yukon and Yukon XL. A total of 282,429 cars were recalled.
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Fortunately, the problem is easy to fix. The automaker will update the software in the serial data gateway module of the affected vehicles. Owners who turn on the updates over the air will be able to install the new software from their vehicles. Alternatively, owners can schedule an appointment with their local GM dealer to install the update.
General Motors informed dealerships of the recall on June 3 and plans to notify owners on July 19.