General Motors has announced the recall of 31,520 model year 2012 Buick Verano and Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic compact cars because the air bags might not deploy. The problem affects a small metal tab called a shorting bar, which is designed to keep the air bag from deploying while it is being installed in the car. GM says the shorting bar in the affected cars may come into contact with the air bag electrical terminals. If that happens during a crash, the air bag won't deploy. At least one person has been injured in a related accident.
In addition, sixty-one 2013-2014 Chevy Sparks and 2013 model year Buick Encores, as well as thirty-three 2014 Corvettes are being recalled because “a short circuit could disable air bags as well as affect seatbelts.” But that’s not all folks! Another 57,512 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LDs, 2014 GMC Sierra LDs and 2015 Silverado HDs, Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Sierra HDs, Yukons and Yukon XLs are also being recalled because their base radios may fail to function and “issue warning sounds if the key is in the ignition when the driver's door is opened or if a front seat belt is not buckled.”
Owners of any of the above vehicles should contact their local GM dealers to learn more. They can also contact the NHTSA at 888 327-4236 for more information about these and other recalls.