Common Airbags And Seat Belts Problems

  1. Takata Recalls

    A large number of Chevy vehicles have been recalled because they contain dangerous airbag inflators made by Takata. The shrapnel-hurling inflators have been recalled in over 37 million vehicles (and counting).

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Where Airbags And Seat Belts Complaints Happen

Sometimes it helps just to tally up the complaints and see where the biggest stacks are. Use this information to learn about troublespots or to run for the hills.

Recent Airbags And Seat Belts News

There's a lot of news out there, but not all of it matters. We try to boil down it to the most important bits about things that actually help you with your car problem. Interested in getting these stories in an email? Signup for free email alerts over at CarComplaints.com.

  1. Airbag inflators are exploding in the 2010-2011 Malibu, but this time it’s not one made by Takata.

    GM says more than 1,100 sedans have ARC driver-side airbag inflators that are over-pressurizing, rupturing during an airbag deployment, and sending metal shrapnel through the cabin.

    The automaker has sent out a notice about the (obvious) danger this creates, but affected owners will have to wait for a second notice until the recall actually begins.

    Let’s hope GM is feeling “over-pressurized” to get those replacement parts ready ASAP.

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  2. You’ve barely had a chance to get your 2019 truck dirty before buzzkill GM comes knocking for a recall of damaged airbag control modules.

    The busted module means the passenger side airbag might not deploy in a crash … or maybe it will? No-one really knows and that’s kind of the point.

    The recall covers the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 / GMC Sierra 1500 and is expected to begin on December 26th. I’m glad they didn’t plan it for the 24th, the traffic can be awful with all those grandma and reindeer collisions.

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  3. A tiny number of 9th generation Malibus are being recalled to make sure the airbags deploy when there’s a passenger in the front seat.

    The problem is caused by a "passenger presence system" that wasn't calibrated to the car's seat type, causing a failure to read the difference between an adult or child in the front passenger seat.

    You had one job, passenger presence system.

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  4. GM is recalling 23,000 vehicles because the a seat belt pretensioner cable may no longer be attached.

    The automaker had been monitoring the field for signs of pretensioner cables wearing down in 2014-2016 trucks and SUVs and monitoring warranty data, leading the automaker to open an internal investigation.

    GM says the cables fatigue because the driver [can sit on the] pretensioner and cable guide in a sliding motion while entering the vehicle.

    Let that be a lesson to us owners to … stop sitting in our cars?

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  5. While you're probably still digesting that extra serving of holiday cookies, here's something else to chew on – your brand new 2017 Malibu needs a new airbag.

    General Motors is recalling 113 model year 2017 Chevrolet Malibu cars because the right-hand rear side airbag inflator manifolds may have bad welds.

    There isn't much more detail available at this time, but you can call GM at 800-222-1020 and ask about recall number 16146.…

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  6. While you might still be digesting that extra serving of holiday cookies, here's something else to chew on – you might have 1 of 18 Malibus that need new airbag modules.

    According to GM the fabric of the side-impact airbag cushion "can prevent the airbags from deploying properly in a crash."

    It's likely the 18 owners of the 2016 vehicles have already been contacted, but just in case you can call Chevrolet at 800-222-1020 and use recall number 16079.

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  7. Last month GM announced an airbag recall affecting 4 million vehicles.

    Software errors have been found to disable the front airbags and seatbelt pretensions after "certain driving conditions." GM won't say what those conditions are, but they did say there’s been at least one death related to the bug.

    GM opened an investigation into the issue in June and contacted Delphi, the supplier of the sensing and diagnostic module. The automaker gathered additional electronic data recorder records from other incidents where the same crash symptoms occurred.

    After three days of road tests in September 2016, GM ordered the recall. The affected GMC vehicles include the Sierra lineup as well as the Yukon.

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  8. Chevy SS owners might need to send out an SOS when their seat belt tensioner cables break.

    [The recalled] Chevrolet SS cars were built May 14, 2013, through April 27, 2016.

    GM doesn't know when the recall will begin. When it does cables that need to get replaced will get swapped out, and those that look ok will get some new guides to prevent any future problems.

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  9. There's a lot of news about airbags that can hurt you after a crash, but General Motors would like to remind you they can also make airbags that won't deploy at all.

    GM is recalling 308,000 Impalas in the USA and Canada that could have blown fuses resulting in non-responsive airbags. GM started investigating the issue after an employee noticed cluster gauge issues and "passenger presence sensors" with no passenger present.…

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  10. Owners of the 2010-2011 Chevy Camaro are tired of playing "airbag roulette" with their passengers.

    The passenger-side airbag sensor in these cars has a history of problems. It's a pain for the driver, but pretty darn scary for the passenger because the airbag can turn off while they're in the seat.…

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  11. Turns out the flexible steel cables GM used to connect its seat belts to the body of their trucks might be a little too flexible.

    (The) cable can break over time due to a driver repeatedly getting into the seat, causing the cable to bend and eventually separate. GM says it discovered the seat belt problem by looking at warranty data, but no accidents or injuries have been reported.

    More than 1 million Chevy and GMC trucks will need to be repaired.

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    2016 Chevy Malibu has been recalled for Takata airbags, but it's not what you think. Takata reported two instances of stud weld fractures of the inflator modules during routine testing. However, the inflators weren't produced by Takata.

    Another airbag supplier welded the studs --- poorly, I might add --- before shipping them to Takata. A fractured weld means the airbag will probably deploy out of position in a crash.

    That stinks, but it's better than other Takata airbag problems.

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  13. A Texas man says his Corvette has been loaded with problems from the moment he drove it off the lot.

    After paying $76,000 for the sports car, the plaintiff says he began experiencing problems with the Corvette including failure to start, loud rattling sounds, stalling, problems with the GPS navigation system and problems with the electrical system.

    In the first year of ownership, the plaintiff says there were six warranty repairs requiring 50 days in the shop. He wants GM to buy the car back, but they want nothing to do with that bucket o' problems.

    It's up to a judge now.

    Have you had a similar, repair-filled experience?

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