General Motors (GM) has announced that it is recalled 4,304 Chevrolet Malibu Eco cars sold in the United States amidst concerns about improper airbag deployment. According to this article, GM announced the recall on May 24, 2012 stating that the recall was necessary in order to reprogram a module that controls airbag deployments.
Although no injuries or accidents have been reported as a result of the improper airbag deployments, GM said that in rare cases under extremely aggressive turning, the roof rail airbags in some 2013 model year Malibu Ecos might inflate. The U.S. automaker also indicated that in a rarer case the airbag and safety belt pretensioners might not deploy.
The flaws were detected during a development test performed by GM, in which one of the cars was performing extreme maneuvers. We recently reported that a Chicago Tribune article explained that, once a defect is found, an auto manufacturer must report the defect within five working days to the NHTSA, even if the manufacturer has not yet determined the cause of the problem or how to fix it. Manufacturers are required to follow such procedures in order to ensure that all motor vehicles meet optimal safety standards. Prevention is the best policy and the safer cars are, the less likely passengers are to be seriously injured in a car accident.
Letters to owners of the affected vehicles will be mailed on June 1 with instructions to take the care to a GM dealer for the necessary reprogramming to be done at no cost to the consumer.
This is the second recall by GM in recent weeks. In May, we reported that GM recalled 6,000 vans and SUVs due to steering problems. According to Reuters, the vehicles were recalled because the gear shaft could potentially fracture, which could lead to a loss of steering and increased risk of an accident, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall pertains to the following vehicles: 2012 Chevrolet Express, 2012 GMC Savana vans, 2012 Chevy Suburban, and 2012 GMC Yukon XL SUVs.
If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, you may also wish to consult with an attorney. The Chicago product liability law firm of Ankin Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting consumers from dangerous and defective products, including defective vehicles. Contact one of our skilled Chicago personal injury and product liability attorneys at (312) 600-0000 if you would like more information on recalled vehicles.