Consumer Reports: GM Recalls 282K Vehicles for Faulty Airbag Warning

GM is issuing a large recall for vehicles across a variety of brands. Consumer Reports reported that some 2021 vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC all need to have an issue with the airbag warning light checked. While the recall spans across four brands, the fix seems simple enough.

Consumer Reports: GM recall impacts over 200,000 vehicles

GM issued a recall for the Chevrolet Corvette
A Chevrolet Corvette is part of the GM recall | Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images

Consumer Reports noted that GM recalled 282,492 vehicles from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC. The vehicles were from the 2021 model year for a potential airbag warning light. The warning light may not illuminate properly. If this is the case, drivers might be assuming the airbags are properly working when there is an issue. Due to this, drivers might not be properly protected in the event of a crash.

There are a few ways to remedy the issue, according to GM. Owners can download the appropriate software update over the air or take the vehicle to a local dealership to have it fixed. According to GM, the fix should only take about 15 minutes.

Does my GM vehicle have a recall?

This recall includes 2021 Buick Envision SUVs, Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans, and the Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs. Additionally, the Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet Tahoe, Suburban, GMC Yukon, and the Yukon XL.

If you are the owner of one of these vehicles, you can call the appropriate brand to get more information. The phone numbers are as follows: Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, and GMC at 800-462-8782. GM will contact owners in July if the vehicle is impacted. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number is 21V421. GM has a corresponding recall number of N212338110.

Owners can also check the NHTSA website with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for open recalls. The VIN is located on the windshield or the driver’s side door of most vehicles.

Automakers are struggling with demand

While these cars are having an issue with an airbag warning light, owners are fortunate to have gotten a vehicle at all. Consumer Reports says that if you anticipate the delivery of a new vehicle, be prepared for change. There is a good chance some features might be missing. Automakers like Tesla and GM have pivoted to remove certain features that were holding production back.

“There are problems right now within the industry related to a variety of parts and components,” Stephanie Brinley of IHS Markit told CR. While demand for both used and new vehicles have spiked, automakers don’t have all the necessary components to complete builds.

In conclusion, things will improve. Consumer Reports urges people to be patient if a vehicle comes without anticipated features. The industry is reeling from change, but experts anticipate things to level out eventually.

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