General Motors is recalling more than 50,000 units of the Cadillac SRX in North America over an airbag issue. GM notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the right side head-protecting air bag won’t deploy in a crash if no one is riding in the front seat. That would take away full protection from a backseat passenger.
GM spokesman Alan Adler said no crashes or injuries have been reported.
“The air bags are programmed to turn off the right side roof rail air bag if the passenger-sensing system determines that the right front passenger seat is unoccupied,” NHTSA said.
The owner’s manual says that the front airbag will still deploy whether or not someone is riding in the front. As a result, the vehicle does not comply with federal safety requirements.
The recall affects 47,400 SRX units in the United States and about 3,100 in Canada and Mexico. To fix the issue, dealers will reprogram the sensors and GM will start notifying owners today.
– By: Omar Rana
Source: Detroit News