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GM Recalls 38,000 G8 Models!

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On: Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Lou Ruggieri

GM Recalls 38,000 G8 Models!

Although Pontiac may be gone, it is not forgotten. Unfortunately, in this case, GM would probably opt for forgotten. It seems that one of the last models to debut as a Pontiac had a slight defect. The airbag sensor for all of the G8 models produced from November 2, 2007 - January 22, 2009 can delay the deployment of the airbag up to 30 milliseconds based on a miscalculation based on the passenger seat position. GM has not yet set up an owner-notification schedule, but owners can contact the General to set up an appointment for a free fix. 

Read on for the full report from Safercar.gov ...

Vehicle Make / Model:Model Year(s):
Pontiac / G82008-2009

Manufacturer:General Motors LLC
Mfr's Report Date:Nov 03, 2011
NHTSA Campaign ID Number:11V534000
NHTSA Action Number:N/A
Component:Air Bags: Frontal: Sensor/Control Module
Potential Number of Units Affected:38,444


General Motors (GM) is recalling certain model year 2008-2009 Pontiac G8 vehicles manufactured from November 2, 2007 through January 22, 2009. A 5th percentile female anthropomorphic test device (atd) in a 30 mph frontal barrier test exceeded the head injury criteria (hic) requirements of the standard. With the front passenger seat positioned full forward, the seat position sensor will cause a 30 milliseconds deployment delay between the first and second stages of the dual-stage frontal passenger air bag.


In the event of a crash, this delay may result in increased head injury to certain front seat occupants.


GM dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners may contact Pontiac at 1-800-620-7668.


Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov.

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Stephy21 | 9:26AM (Tue, Nov 8, 2011)

That is a big miscalculation GM made on the air bags deploying. Its a good thing they caught it now before some one had a bad accident.

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