GM Recalls Cadillac SRX Over Airbag Software Issue

General Motors is recalling 47,401 of its 2011 Cadillac SRX due to a fault with the model’s airbags. An issue with the software that manages them might lead to the right rear one not opening properly when in certain frontal and side crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 2012 Cadillac SRX models in question are programmed to deactivate the right-side roof rail airbag if sensors detect that the right side seat is unoccupied. This could prove potentially fatal in the case of a rollover, so the vehicles fail to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standard 208, which deals specifically with occupant protection.

"The airbags are programmed to turn off the right-side roof-rail airbag if the passenger sensing system determines that the right-front passenger seat is unoccupied," said NHTSA in its recalls summary of the problem. "The right-rear occupant may not be protected and [may] suffer injuries in certain frontal and side crashes."

To fix the issue, GM is asking Cadillac dealers to hold the 2011 SRXs on their lots until the fix is made, according to documentation filed with the federal government. They will remedy the sensing and diagnostics module free of charge, and the recall is expected to begin on June 17, 2011. If you own the aforementioned SRX, you may also contact Cadillac at 1-866-982-2339.

In December of last year, some 109,000 Cadillac CTS units were also recalled. According to the official report, the recall has been prompted by the discovery of a kink, bend or fold in the front passenger presence system mat, which can lead to the passenger air bag failing to deploy.
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