Will GM Have to Recall 400,000 Vehicles?

U.S. safety regulators are inquiring as to whether 400,000 General Motors (NYSE:GM) vehicles need to be recalled due to problems with defective airbags.

GM has already recalled over 6,800 of the vehicles in question in two separate recalls, one that took place in October and one in January. The vehicles in question include the Chevrolet Cruz, Sonic, and Camaro, and the Buick Verano.

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The recall was ordered due to an electrical defect that stopped the main front driver’s airbag from inflating upon impact. If the airbags don’t inflate, the driver could be injured in a crash, although no crashes or injuries related to the problem have been reported. GM stated in previous recall documents that if the electrical problem occurs, the airbag warning light will turn on.

The first recall issued by GM covered about 3,000 Cruz, Sonic, and Verano vehicles built between April 2, 2012 and June 29, 2012. After further investigation the company issued a second recall covering 3,9000 Cruz, Sonic, Verano, and Camaro vehicles built between December 16, 2011 to February 1, 2012.

GM says it’s fully cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s investigation. Once GM has identified what’s causing the problem, the company will determine if it needs to move forward with the recall.

“To identify the scope of each of the two recalls, GM stated it conducted an investigation of the root cause and an analysis of the warranty claim data, including a review of claim rates by air bag inflator build date. However, among other things, it appears that a production issue (root cause) was not fully identified, particularly for the second recall,” NHTSA said.

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In addition, GM is facing another recall on 1,800 2011-2013 Chevrolet Express and GMC Cargo vans that run on compressed natural gas. The vehicles may have a defective part that could lead to fuel leaks or fire. While no injuries have been reported, a customer in Massachusetts reported seeing a fire underneath one of the vans and a customer in Vermont reported a fuel leak.

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