General Motors is recalling around 38,000 Pontiac G8 sedans from its 2008 and 2009 model years. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the cars may have a passenger-side airbag flaw that might prevent proper deployment in certain scenarios.

According to NHTSA, the airbag might not adequately protect a fifth percentile woman – that is, a woman around four-foot, 11-inches weighing 108 pounds. The New York Times indicates that the anomaly was found during a crash test conducted by GM's Australian branch, Holden, which was testing the G8's twin (read: Commodore) for head injuries. According to that report, the test in question is specifically tailored to simulate injuries to females, so the results do not apply to men or children.

The issue has been blamed on a seat position sensor that governs airbag deployment rates. NHTSA indicates that when the front passenger seat is moved all the way forward, the faulty sensor may inappropriately trigger a 30-millisecond delay between airbag stages, potentially leading to greater injuries.

With the Pontiac division closed, other GM dealers will reprogram the sensor module of models covered under the recall at no cost to vehicle owners. GM says that no injuries have been reported as a result of this issue. For more information on the recall, click past the jump for the official notice.
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Report Date :
November 7, 2011 at 11:35 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number :
11V534000


Vehicle Make / Model:

Model Year(s):

PONTIAC / G8

2008-2009
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

Summary:
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.

Consequence:
IN THE EVENT OF A CRASH, THIS DELAY MAY RESULT IN INCREASED HEAD INJURY TO CERTAIN FRONT SEAT OCCUPANTS.

Remedy:
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.

Notes:
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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      tipdrip215
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would make a great new Impala. Too bad GM will wimp out and keep it FWD and keep disgracing the Impala name though.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tipdrip215
        That's the problem I have with GM. They would rather play it safe than think outside the box. Much like Toyota, the passion at GM seems to be gone.
      4gasem
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have one of these... I won't take it in for the update though. Dealers do nothing but mess my stuff up. 32,000 on mine and it's NEVER been back. They also made as 2009.5's
      Kevin Hooker
      • 3 Years Ago
      They made 38,000 Pontiac G8's?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Hooker
        I think the production number is somewhere around 60 or 70,000. Gotta remember that they were built for 2 years while expecting that Pontiac wasn't going anywhere.
        EB110Americana
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin Hooker
        Sales were on the rise as people found out about the car when GM killed it.
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring back the G8!
      tsmnta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring Pontiac back the way it could/should be! GM isn't the same without it. BRING IT BACK!!!
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tsmnta
        Amen to that. I wish we could have kept Pontiac, and just made Buick strictly a Chinese brand, since they love it so much over there. Not too many here in the US would even notice Buick's absence.
      NissanGTR
      • 3 Years Ago
      The midget is a bigger danger from obstructed view.
      happyfun86
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aww, I miss seeing this car on these kinds of sites...
      onewayroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      If GM were still buiding it, it would be in my drive way instead of my '12 Charger. Oh well, Im happy as a pig in **** with the Charger anywat
      poorcruzer
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I like the G8 I prefered the bodywork on the Vauxhall version better. All Pontiac had to do was tone it down a bit, loose the faux scoops on the hood and the GT would have been in my driveway.
        mark and connie
        • 3 Years Ago
        @poorcruzer
        Those are not fake, they go through the hood and insulation and vent air to the engine compartment to reduce heat. With or without the scoops this car is great. Now if the knochleheads at GM would remove their collective heads from their ass they would bring back Pontiac and leave Buick to the elderly and Chinese.
      tsmnta
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring Pontiac back the way it could/should be! GM is not the same without it. BRING IT BACK!!!
      Jameskey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Question- who will handle Saab recalls if the brand dies?
        benzaholic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jameskey
        Who handled Daewoo, or Yugo, or DeLorean recalls after their exit from the US? I think if the company bails on us, nobody officially supports the cars any more.
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