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Recall Alert: Buick, Chevy, and GMC SUVs Have Faulty Airbags

Do you have a Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse, GMC Arcadia, Chevy Silverado, or other related GMC SUVs and trucks? If so, you may need to take your vehicle in for maintenance due to having airbag issues. 

Recall for GMC, Chevy, Cadillac, and Buick SUVs/trucks 

The vehicles affected by this recent recall include the 2020 GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks, Chevy Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks, GMC Acadia SUVs, Buick Enclave SUVs, the Cadillac XT5 and XT6 SUVs, the Chevy Blazer, and Chevy Traverse SUVs. 

Blue 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST Crew Cab 4x4 in front of a storage garage
2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 RST Crew Cab 4×4 | Chevrolet

The issue for these 800 vehicles involves the failure of airbags to properly inflate in the event of an accident. During manufacturing, the airbag inflator’s roof-rail component may not have been properly crimped to the airbag. 

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This could cause the airbag inflator to separate from the airbag during an accident as it is deployed. As a result, the airbag may not inflate, causing it to be less protective during wrecks. This may also lead to an increased risk of injuries. 

Is your GMC, Buick, Cadillac, or Chevy SUV/truck at risk? 

GM, who manufactures these Buick, Cadillac, Chevy, and GMC trucks and SUVs, will begin notifying owners who are at risk on September 14th. But you don’t have to wait that long to find out if your vehicle is at risk. 

2020 Buick Enclave | GM
2020 Buick Enclave | GM

You can call GM at 866-522-9559 to ask about your vehicle or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) at 888-327-4236. You can also visit the NHTSA website here to enter your Vehicle Identification Number. (VIN). 

What happens if your vehicle is at risk? 

If you have a GM vehicle affected by this recall, then GM will replace the roof-rail airbag modules for free. You will just need to schedule an appointment with a GM dealership. It doesn’t have to be the same dealership where you purchased your vehicle. 

The first-ever Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury model provides an ele
The first-ever Cadillac XT6 Premium Luxury model provides an elevated level of refinement.

You can make an appointment with any GM dealership. Also, you can find a local dealership nearby here. Also, you can click here to schedule an appointment. Many places have taken precautions to protect you from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak by wearing protective gear such as masks and gloves. Also, vehicles are being properly sanitized as well. 

Will a 2020 GM vehicle be sold without being fixed?

If you’re looking at a 2020 GM truck or SUV, it will be fixed according to this recall before you can purchase it. The federal law prohibits dealerships from selling new vehicles that have not been adequately fixed, and rental cars can not be rented until they have been fixed. 

The all-new Blazer SUV from Chevrolet on display at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show
The 2019 Chevy Blazer | FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images

However, if the vehicle is used, auto dealers may sell vehicles with potentially dangerous problems. They do not have to reveal the status of a used vehicle. That’s why it’s essential to do your research with available services like CarFax.com to discover potential issues before purchasing a used truck or SUV

Safety groups are advocating for this policy to change, as selling vehicles with safety issues put drivers at risk. However, dealerships claim that this would provide sellers of used vehicles with less value.