Feds Probe 400,000 GM Vehicles, Including 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, in Recall Query


  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Picture

    2012 Chevrolet Camaro Picture

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a “recall query” into an estimated 400,000 GM vehicles, including the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro. | June 04, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened what it calls a "recall query" into an estimated 400,000 General Motors vehicles, including the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic and Buick Verano.
  • Federal safety regulators want to know if the scope of two previous recalls to address a driver airbag module problem is sufficient.
  • GM told Edmunds it is cooperating with the government in the query.

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened what it calls a "recall query" into an estimated 400,000 General Motors vehicles, including the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic and Buick Verano.

Federal safety regulators want to know if the scope of two previous recalls to address a driver airbag module problem is sufficient.

"(The) shorting bar inside the dual-stage driver's frontal airbag inflator module may contact the primary-stage airbag terminals," said NHTSA in its problem description. "In the event of a crash, if the shorting bar and terminals are contacting each other, the primary-stage airbag will not deploy."

Approximately 6,845 cars were called back in the previous actions, according to NHTSA.

"GM is cooperating with the government in the query," wrote Alan Adler, a GM spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query on Tuesday.

GM recalled the cars in October 2012 and January 2013 to fix a shorting bar defect in the driver's front airbag module connectors.

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

At this point, NHTSA is not reporting any crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall query.

The aforementioned vehicles have not been recalled at this point. Such a query can sometimes lead to an expanded recall.

Edmunds says: At this point, owners of the vehicles must wait for federal safety regulators to finish their work before taking any action.

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