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GM Truck Airbag Recall
GM in July 2021 issued a recall for its 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks  because of the potential for malfunction of the roof rail airbag module (RRAB), which may result in unexpected deployment of the side curtain airbag.
The roof rail airbag inflator side wall on affected vehicles may rupture, or the end cap may detach from the inflator, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This could cause unexpected airbag deployment, or sudden release of compressed gases which may propel metal debris into the truck's cabin. This type of airbag failure may be catastrophic and increase the risk of crash, injury, or death.
Why was the Recall Initiated?
GM issued the roof rail airbag recall after the company received at least 3 reports involving unoccupied Silverado pickup trucks in Texas and Florida which experienced ruptured airbags. The automaker found that the malfunction was caused by corrosion due to moisture introduced into the inflator during manufacturing and worsened by high heat temperature and temperature changes in hot regions.
Which Models are Affected?
Vehicles affected by the GM roof rail airbag recall include:
- 2015-2016 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD pickup trucks
- 2015-2016 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500HD and 3500HD pickup trucks
What is a Roof Rail Airbag?
A roof rail airbag, also referred to as a side curtain airbag, is mounted in the roof liner and ejects downward in front of the side windows. The device is designed to restrain occupants to protect them in case of a car crash and reduce the degree of injury.
Other GM Recalls
The July 2021 GM roof rail airbag recall involves approximately 410,000 vehicles in the United States. An earlier recall for the same problem was issued in December 2020, but it only affected 9,300 vehicles.
This recall is the latest in a number of problems involving airbags around the U.S.; however, it is not linked to the Takata airbag or the SDM Calibration problem cited in other recalls. It is a new and separate issue.
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Do Airbag Recalls Expire?
No. Safety, Compliance, and Emissions Recalls do not expire. Affected vehicles remain eligible until the repair is completed. Other types of vehicle programs, called Customer Satisfaction Programs, typically have expiration dates and/or mileage limitations.
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Again, if you or a loved one was injured by a GM roof rail airbag failure, or if you own or leased a 2015 or 2016 Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra pickup truck, you should fill out the form below and contact the law firm of Schmidt & Clark, LLP, immediately for a free consultation.
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