General Motors, the world’s second largest automaker, is recalling over 47,000 2011 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles in the U.S. due to a malfunction in the passenger side air bags.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s web site, the malfunction occurred if the front-passenger seat was not occupied. In the faulty SRX vehicles, the computer prevented the right-side airbag from deploying when in fact it should always deploy to protect a rear occupant, even in instances where the front seat was not occupied.
“Because the actions of the air bag and the owner’s manual do not match, the vehicle is not compliant with federal safety standards,” NHTSA said.
G.M., who recently dealt with a Chevy Cruze steering wheel recall, said it was currently unaware of any reported accidents and planned on immediately rectifying the airbag problems by making a simple software adjustment in the affected vehicles.
The recall affects SRX crossover vehicles made between Feb. 2, 2010 and April 29 of this year and sold in North America. Dealers will reprogram the air bag sensors to fix the problem free of charge. GM will notify owners by mail starting Friday.