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Older Chevrolet Impalas Recalled for Air Bags

July 21, 2016

Photo of Chevrolet Impala by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.
Photo of Chevrolet Impala by IFCAR via Wikimedia Commons.

General Motors is recalling 289,254 2009-2010 model-year Chevrolet Impala cars because of a potential problem that could disable passenger-seat air bags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The sedans at issue were manufactured from April 25, 2008, through Feb. 16, 2010. In these cars, the front-passenger seat frame may contact and damage the wires of the passenger-presence sensor module. If the wires become damaged, the passenger-presence sensory system may fail to recognize that the passenger seat is occupied.

As a result, the air bag for that seat may be disabled. Damage might also cause the air bag fuse to short, resulting in a loss of all air bags and seat belt pretensions. Both conditions increase the risk of injury during a crash, NHTSA said.

GM dealers will double-wrap the wires with anti-abrasion tape and replace damaged wires as necessary, free of charge. Vehicle owners can reach Chevrolet customer service at (800) 521-7300. GM’s recall campaign number is 36110.

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