Software issue has been linked to one death and three injuries; GM’s biggest UK brand, Vauxhall, is not involved
Sam Sheehan
9 September 2016

General Motors is to recall 4.3 million cars worldwide after a software issue was found to have caused air bag failures.

The issue is found in models built from 2014 onwards and, according to Reuters, has been linked to one death and three injuries.

The problem relates to a sensing and diagnostic module that controls airbag deployment.

GM said in an official statement that the software defect in the module can stop the deployment of frontal airbags under "rare circumstances when a crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics”.

Of the 4.3m affected cars, 3.64m are in the US and come from Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC. It is not yet known if British-based Chevrolet Corvettes are involved.

The company’s biggest UK brand, Vauxhall, has confirmed to Autocar that the recall won’t affect any of its vehicles.

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10 September 2016
Surely the headline should read: GM's biggest European brand, Vauxhall. (Just like the other American brand in Europe, Ford, GM's biggest market in Europe is the UK.)

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