WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 5,493 2014-'15 Chevrolet Impala sedans in the U.S. because the cars could fail to deactivate the front-passenger airbag if an infant seat is placed in the front seat, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall covers Impalas equipped with front-vented heated seats.
"If the front passenger airbag deploys with a child seat in the front passenger seat, it increases the risk of injury to the child," NHTSA said in its recall summary.
Moisture introduced during seat steaming in the seat-assembly production process could cause a calibration error in the electronic control module.
GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds there are no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the recall.
This is part of a larger global recall of 8,989 Impalas, including 215 in Canada and 3,281 in export markets.
The affected Impalas were built from April 15, 2013 to June 19, 2015.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealers. But caregivers should be aware that all automakers and federal safety regulators recommend that children sit in the backseat, if possible, at all times.