• Oct 10, 2008
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says passenger airbags in some 2009 Chevrolet Impalas may have a potentially deadly flaw. Not only could the devices fail to inflate in a crash, but the inflator tube could rupture and hurl pieces of it at passengers. Sounds pretty bad, but there is good news for most Impala owners. According to NHTSA, the recall will only affect 79 Impalas, and not all of them will need replacement. Airbags found to be faulty will be completely replaced under the recall campaign at GM service centers.

Notices will be mailed out sometime this month to Impala owners who need to have their vehicles inspected. You can read the entire NHTSA description here.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      GM, damn it can't you do anything right? This is one of your friggin' best sellers and you can't make sure they put it together correctly? Damn, the stupidity of this company makes my blood boil sometimes!

      As for the stupid, annoying "smallcarsaregodandthe ONLYcarsthatshouldexist" comments here, a Civic is not an appropriate replacement for a full size car. If those people wanted a stupid small car, then I'm sure they would have bought one. Then, there is nothing "redundant" about the Impala. The Malibu grew because it is brand new. The Impala dates to 2000. That means that it is time for a new bigger Imapala, that's all.

      This hatred of big cars is so annoying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yea what did happen to all the"BIG" cars? 1961 to 1964 I think Chevy put out the best impalas of all time not to mention the 63 super sport convertible, I've owned 3 and they are the best cars I've owned or probably ever will.

        Rick
        http://www.Auto-Mechanic-Austin.com
        • 6 Years Ago
        By the way, who do you think consumers are going to blame if their airbags fling shrapnel into their face? The supplier? Come on. This kind of stuff makes GM look bad, nobody even knows who the supplier is. And if it can make you look bad you need to make sure it doesn't happen, because people are going to associate problems with every single part of the car with your brand. They don't know who made the flaming windshield wiper fluid heater, they don't know who made the defective airbags, they just know GM made the cars.
        So even if you want to defend GM, you're not doing them any favors by blaming the suppliers because even if it's the suppliers' fault this kind of crap scares away customers.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Does GM make the airbags themselves? No, it outsources it to a supplier. Before you go and blame GM, determine first what happened and why only 79-vehicles (of the approximately 200,000 that are sold) are affected.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You are an idiot. 79 cars? Here, GM makes the blog over 79 cars but it takes a million Toyotas to make it on the blog. At least these engines are not sludging like the craptastic 'yota's. AND at least GM is doing something about it instead of screwing their customers.
        To answer your question, GM is doing A LOT right. It just so happens, when you mass produce something, you are bound to have issues at times. That's why they have warranties, just like every other manufacturer of goods out there. Do you have any idea of what it goes in to designing, engineering and building a car? You can PPap your suppliers to death, once in a while an issue is going to pop up. You cannot tell me that GM isn'g going back to the supplier with this and putting them on notice. I work in this industry and when one of my suppliers screws up, they have hell to pay, I can assure you TRW will have their ass in a ringer, even for this 0.00000001% of vehicles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unless I was just lucky enough to be in "one" of the 79 Impalas recalled....THERE ARE MORE!! Me and my son were in a wreck. It was a rental car from Enterprise. A hit and run driver caused us to hit 2 concrete culverts, a metal fence row, a telephone pole, and landing sideways in a ditch with another concrete culvert. Now you would think after hitting all that and not one side of the car not crushed inward, esp. where the side airbags were located and leaving the car in a V shape in the front and the side.....airbags and seatbelts should work! Right? WRONG.....I now have 3 holes in my brain that causes seizures, broken bones in back that have lodged between 3 different vertabrae, and heart damage to my aorta and pulminary arteries with an anurisim on my heart (just waiting for the aorta to get .4 cm larger before surgery). My son was in the windshield with the seatbelt still on him!! So am I one of the 79 or are there more out there? And how convient for GM to file BK a week later!! I was only 38 at the time. I am now 39. My son was 15. He has always played sports and now can no longer play actively. I have a motorized wheel chair for when I leave the home...which is next to never. I know I am paying dearly for that 2009 Impala as well as my son. Who pays us? (and I am not a sue happy person...but our lives have changed for ever!!!!!)
      • 4 Years Ago
      THIS IS THE MOST MISERABLE CAR I HAVE EVER BOUGHT, DONT EVEN WANT TO GET IN THIS UNCOMFORTABLE, GAS EATING,BLIND SPOTS EVERYWHERE, NO GLOVE BOX LIGHT/LOCK, SUN VISOR ABOUT 2 INCHES SHORT BLOCKING SUN.PRESS COMPUTER BUTTON ON GAS MILAGE--SAYS HAS 420 MILES LEFT--GUESS WHAT--AT END ONLY MAYBE 300.STEERING WILL HURT YOUR TURNING ARM--STILL--LET GO OF WHEEL 4 SECONDS--YOU WILL BE IN A DITCH.ITS SICKENING, HATE TO LOOK AT IT.OH, CHEAP TIRES ALSO.MAKES ME ACTUALLY SICK.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should recall it because its unbelievably boring.
      • 6 Years Ago
      @ Picasso and Realitycheck:

      If the average Joe is dissatisfied with faulty equipment in a car, he is not going to bother and find out the subcontractor at fault. Most likely, he's just going to avoid buying from the same car company again. As a result, it is the responsibility of every car manufacturer to select its suppliers carefully, with an emphasis on quality rather than cost-cutting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's what they did. Many companies use TRW for airbags, it's not like GM picked a loser.

        It's 79 cars.

        My Audi 2.7T had at least 6 recalls, one of which was a "bring it in now" (but not a "don't drive it") recall. It had the fuel sensors replaced on a recall because the sulfur in US fuel made them fail (California didn't even have sulfur anyway, so mine worked fine), but the replacement sensors turned out to be faulty, so it had to be brought in again.

        It's 79 cars out of 100,000+. Let's not make this into a bigger deal than it is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is that a 2009 model year car? Wow...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am sorry but this was the worst post ever. I guess you were just bored and had to say something because your mommy was sleeping! GM or Ford and the rest the auto giants do not make airbags, they just install them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      79 cars made the news? Wow.

      And yes, I've wondered the same thing about the Wimpala. What's the difference really from the Malibu except even more boring design? Which one is suppose to be the competition for the Taurus?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Uh oh, 79 rental cars back to the dealership.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The chevy impala is the king of recalls. I'm glad I got rid of mine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought this Impala was supposed to be Chevy's shining star in terms of reliability/quality?
      • 6 Years Ago
      SHAME

      getting better my ass...
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