General Motors Co. is recalling nearly 4.3 million vehicles across the globe due to a software defect that can prevent airbags from deploying in the case of a crash. The flaw has already been linked to a death and three injuries.
The latest recall from GM comes in the midst of recalls by leading automakers. GM said the sensing and diagnostic module which controls the airbag deployment has asoftware flaw that could possibly prevent the airbag from deploying in certain circumstances.
The world's number three automaker said the recall of trucks, cars and SUVs are models manufactured from 2014 to 2017. The recall includes even newer models like Buick LaCrosse, Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, Chevrolet Corvette and Silverado HD and Cadillac Escalade.
The company received a report in May of an accident which involved a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado truck where the driver's frontal airbag and seatbelt pre-tensioners did not deploy. GM has started an investigation into the issue in June and conducting road test at its Milford Proving Grounds in August before confirming the recall.
The dealers of GM will update the software to prevent any future non-deployment of airbags and pre-tensioners. In the recent years, GM has faced other issues on airbags which included a recall in 2014, which involved 2.6 million vehicle due to a flaw in the ignition switch that preventsthe deployment of the airbags in some of the crashes.