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Software Issue Turns Off GM Airbags, Sparks Massive Recall

More than 4 million General Motors (GM) vehicles worldwide are targeted by a recall announced earlier this month. 3.6 million of those cars, trucks, and SUVs are right here in the States.

GM and Delphi Corp. announced the recall after discovering that a rare software bug could disable the safety systems in the vehicle; Delphi Corp. was the distributor of the module that uses the software. Due to largely unknown conditions, the airbags will be shut off and even the seatbelts may possible fail to restrict someone in a collision. Gm claimed it was a rare circumstance that was triggered by “specific events” that could “impact vehicle dynamics” but specifics were left unannounced. At least one death has been linked to the software defect, along with three injuries, after a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado crashed in May 2016.

Makes and models impacted by the recall include:

  • (2014 to 2016) Buick LaCrosse; Chevrolet SS & Spark EV
  • (2014 to 2017) Buick Encore; GMC Sierra 1500; Chevrolet Corvette, Trax, Caprice police vehicle & Silverado 1500
  • (2015 to 2017) Chevrolet Taho, Suburban & Silverado HD; GMC Yukon, Yukon XL & Sierra HD; Cadillac Escalade & Escalade ESV

In light of the massive Takata airbag inflator recall, GM stated that it could stand to lose more than $550 million if it needed to recall another 4 million or more vehicles. The new software bug defect has recalled 4.28 million vehicles so far. It is not known if the predicted financial impact will come to fruition.

The recall also opens the floor to incoming lawsuits from more people harmed, physically or financially, by the GM software bug. If you have been hurt and think you have grounds for a case, call 866-675-4427 to connect with the Stuart personal injury attorneys at Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC. You can also use a free online case evaluation form to tell us what happened.