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Nearly 500 Corvette ZR1s recalled over airbag issues, GM says

The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2017. Photo credit: REUTERS

DETROIT -- General Motors is recalling nearly 500 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1s from the 2019 model year because of airbag deployment issues, the automaker said in a recall document.

The document states that if the sensing diagnostic model "is exposed to extremely hard braking and sustained acceleration events under certain track conditions, the SDM may enter a fault state and will not return to normal operation until battery power is removed from the system. In this faulted state, the SDM will not provide crash sensing or deploy airbags in the event of a crash."

The faulty operation could result in increased risk of injury in a crash. GM estimates 1 percent of the 498 vehicles recalled could have the defect.

The issue with the 750-hp vehicle was discovered by GM engineers during a media demonstration at the Road Atlanta racetrack at the end of April, Jalopnik reported.

The recall document sent to Automotive News by a GM representative states that engineers reported the issue May 3 and an investigation was opened May 8. GM tested the vehicle at its Milford Proving Ground, and a field data search, completed May 17, revealed no related field events.

The automaker's Safety Field Action Decision Authority decided May 24 to conduct a recall.

A GM spokesperson said customers can check their vehicle identification number against the NHTSA or Chevrolet recall websites to see whether their vehicle is involved. Dealers were notified of the recall May 31 and can reprogram the device immediately. GM expects owners to be notified starting June 29.

Other recalls

The automaker this month announced the recall of 88,129 GMC Terrain crossovers in the U.S. because of similar issues with airbag deployment. In the affected vehicles, the same sensing diagnostic module might not deactivate correctly when the vehicle is powered off, potentially causing it to be defective when the vehicle is restarted.

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