Government Investigates Airbag Failures in Full Size 2020-2021 GM Vehicles

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A warning light icon with the letters G and M inside a failing airbag

A federal investigation wants to know if rusty connectors are preventing 2020-2021 GM airbags from deploying. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has received six reports of severe crashes where the airbags didn't deploy in GM vehicles, despite those vehicles receiving "significant frontal damage." All six crashes resulted in injuries.

A Bit More About the GM Airbag Investigation

  • NHTSA is looking into a technical service bulletin (TSB) GM posted in March warning how rust particles in the airbag inflator connectors can trigger airbag warning lights and diagnostic codes B0001-1B or B0012-0D.
  • In addition to the 6 crash complaints, 9 reports have been submitted by owners with those warning lights on.
  • The investigation covers 750,000 GM mostly full-size vehicles from the 2020-2021 model years, including the Cadillac Escalade, CT4, CT5, and XT4.
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