Air bag, seat belt issues behind big recalls by GM, Nissan
Two huge passenger safety-related recalls have been announced by General Motors and Nissan. Here's the breakdown:
- Company: General Motors
No. of vehicles recalled: 2,190,934
Models Recalled: On Feb. 10, GM announced the recall of 619,122 model year 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, and 2007 Pontiac G5 vehicles. Then on Feb. 25, the company increased the recall to include an additional 748,024 model year 2006-2007 Chevrolet HHR and Pontiac Solstice vehicles and 2003-2007 Saturn Ion vehicles and 2007 Saturn Sky vehicles. Now, the automaker is recalling 823,788 more vehicles encompassing certain model year 2008-2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, Saturn Sky, and Pontiac G5 and Solstice, and 2008-2011 Chevrolet HHR vehicles.
Reason: If the vehicle's key is not in the run position at the time of a crash, the air bags may not deploy, increasing the risk of injury.
Details: GM will notify owners and dealers will replace the ignition switch at no cost to owners. GM's number for the initial recall is 13454 and 14063 for the expansion. GMs recall number for the vehicles that may have received any replacement parts is 14092. Until the recall repairs take place, vehicle owners are being told to remove all items, including the key fob, from their key rings, leaving only the vehicle key.
Information: Owners may call Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737 or Saturn at 1-800-553-6000.
- Company: Nissan North America
No. of vehicles recalled: 989,701
Models recalled: 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra; model year 2013 NV200 and Infiniti JX35; and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60
Reason: The occupant classification system sofware may erroneously indicate the passenger seat is empty when an adult is indeed sitting there, meaning the passenger side airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash increasing the risk of injury to that person.
Details: The recall is to begin in mid-April. A software update will be installed by dealers for free. Owners should expect letters to arrive in the mail.
Information: Call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Drivers can learn more about these and other recalls by contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov.