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Tuesday 19 September 2017
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Recall Roundup: Chevy Cobalt, Impala; Volvo XC90

Recall Roundup: Chevy Cobalt, Impala; Volvo XC90

Chevrolet

SUMMARY:

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain model year 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt vehicles manufactured January 4, 2010, to June 23, 2010. The affected vehicles may be equipped with an improperly routed Side-Impact Sensor (SIS) wiring harness in the driver side front door. The misrouted wiring harness could cause an electrical short that disables the driver side curtain air bag.

CONSEQUENCE:

A disabled driver side roof-rail air bag will not deploy in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of that air bag, increasing the risk of injury to the driver.

REMEDY:

GM will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the sensor’s wiring in the driver’s door and make repairs as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 26, 2015. Owners may contact Chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020. GM’s number for this recall is 15075.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Volvo

SUMMARY:

Volvo Cars of N.A., LLC (Volvo) is recalling certain model year 2016 Volvo XC90 vehicles manufactured January 27, 2015, to July 10, 2015. The third row seating side curtain air bags may not fully inflate.

CONSEQUENCE:

Under-inflated air bags may not fully protect third row occupants, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

REMEDY:

Volvo will notify owners, and dealers will modify the D-pillar interior panels to allow full inflation of the third row airbags, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on September 14, 2015. Owners may contact Volvo customer service at 1-201-768-7300.

NOTES:

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Chevrolet

SUMMARY:

General Motors is recalling 8,989 Impalas for passenger-side airbags that can fail to turn off if an infant seat is in the front seat. The recall covers 2014-15 Chevrolet Impalas equipped with front vented/heated seats, a report on NHTSA’s website said.

CONSEQUENCE:

The automotive occupant sensing system in the vehicles may contain a glitch that fails to deactivate the front passenger airbag when an infant seat is placed in the front seat. In the event of a crash, airbag deployment could injure the child in the infant seat. GM isn’t aware of any injuries or deaths linked to this issue.

REMEDY:

The occupant sensing system glitch can be remedied by preconditioning the passenger seat and resetting the occupant sensing software. The fix can be made for free at any GM dealership.

Honda Logotype

INVESTIGATION:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating 348,000 Honda Accords for a flaw that could prevent airbags from deploying in a crash.

The agency says it’s received 19 consumer complaints of a malfunctioning airbag control module in 2008 Accords, including one involving a frontal crash in which the driver was injured and the frontal airbags failed to deploy. The severity of the injury isn’t known.

In a statement, a Honda spokesman said the company is aware of the investigation and will cooperate with NHTSA as it continues its own internal review of issue. According to NHTSA, the faulty modules cause a dashboard indicator light for the supplemental restraint system to be illuminated, and malfunctioning modules were unable to communicate, preventing diagnostic trouble codes from being received by mechanics.

Some consumers have had to replace the modules.

NHTSA said the inability for the modules to communicate “raises concern about the readiness of the entire supplemental restraints system.”

The vehicles will be recalled if NHTSA determines a recall is warranted.

Photo Credit: Chevrolet