The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that nearly 308,000 Chevrolet Impala sedans were recalled by the manufacturer to rectify a potentially faulty wiring, which might result in airbags not inflating in a case of a crash. These vehicles are recalled in the US and Canada and cover 2009 and 2010 Impalas, to be precise the ones manufactured between April 2008 and February 2010.
In a filing made to NHTSA, General Motors is reported to have said that the damage can be caused by the front passenger seat frame rubbing against the wiring for passenger detection sensor damaging the sensor and knocking out the air bags.
GM’s letter to the NHTSA states, “Damage may also cause the airbag fuse too short resulting in a loss of all airbags and seatbelt pretensioners. Both conditions increase the risk of injury during a crash.”
GM thinks that two reported crashes and two possible injuries in the past were due to this fault. The company has planned to rectify this problem free of cost by replacing or double wrapping the affected wires with anti-abrasion tape. But so far, there is no schedule as to when the repairs will be done.