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Four different General Motors vehicles from the 2012 model year are being recalled over a potential airbag issue. The driver's side airbag shorting bar in the 2012 Buick Verano and 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Cruze and Sonic might make contact with the airbag terminals, even during a crash. If so, the airbag won't deploy when it should, possibly increasing injury to the driver.

The recall is expected to begin on February 13 for the 3,896 units that might be affected. GM will notify owners who can then take their vehicles to dealers to have the airbag coil replaced. A bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration below has more info.
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Report Receipt Date: JAN 24, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V023000

Component(s): AIR BAGS
Vehicle Model Year(s) Make - Model: 2012 BUICK VERANO, 2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO, 2012 CHEVROLET CRUZE, 2012 CHEVROLET SONIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 3,896
Manufacturer: General Motors LLC

SUMMARY:
General Motors is recalling certain model year 2012 Chevrolet Camaro, Buick Verano, Chevrolet Cruze, and Chevrolet Sonic vehicles. The driver side frontal air bag has a shorting bar which may intermittently contact the air bag terminals.

CONSEQUENCE:
If the bar and terminals are contacting each other at the time of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's frontal airbag, that airbag will not deploy, increasing the driver's risk of injury.

REMEDY:
General Motors will notify owners, and dealers will replace the steering wheel airbag coil, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on February 13, 2013. Owners may contact General Motors at 1-800-521-7300.

NOTES:
This is General Motors recall number 12261 and is an expansion of NHTSA recall 12V-522. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      bullitt2605
      • 2 Years Ago
      All cars suck accept for the ones I like!
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @bullitt2605
        Everybody driving slower than me is a dim-witted moron and everyone driving faster than me is a reckless idiot.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      jimbo1350
      • 2 Years Ago
      OMG- 3800 cars- this is terrible !!!!!!!!! The sky is falling !!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably one days worth of production of each of the 4 models mentioned. A skid of bad parts. They probably know the VINs of the cars affected and know who bought them.
      fastednap
      • 2 Years Ago
      Must be GMs turn in the barrel Toyota 1M recall, pfffft
      jossch724
      • 2 Years Ago
      The manufacturer installs more safety related items, more sensors informing you of everything from distance to another car to a loss of pressure to one of your tires, then ever before. The problem occurs when one of these expensive items break and you pay, big time, to get your vehicle inspected. One tire pressure sensor, that the cold weather destroys, can easily cost over a hundred to replace. I can just imagine what the batteries for the electrics are going to cost to replace or one of those gizmos that parks your car for you, or better yet, the gizmo that drives your car for you!!
        HAT1701D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jossch724
        It's not just the item's price, it's the cost of the mechanic's time. My parent's have a 2006 Saturn Ion. It has a defective switch that controls the dome light. It will go off but it comes on at random and goes back off when it decides to. Mileage wise, it is well within the warranty at just over 21,000 miles ( they are 74 years old and don't drive much ). Year wise though, the vehicle is well outside the warranty. The switch is a 50.00 dollar item. The dealer wan't 750.00 for the switch and installation charges. That is absolutely ridiculous. Thankfully I have a local mechanic that has been working on vehicles since 1979 as teenager. He has diagnostic equipment for the early first gen computer controlled cars ( including my 81 Buick that has about as primitive a computer as you can get ) up to the newest diagnostic systems for today's vehicles. He charged them 200 total to get in there and do the job.
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jossch724
        Those "battery pacs" you speak of can run $10,000 or more............
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota recalls 1,000,000 cars, GM recalls 4000, and this post will get more hate comments.
        Drakkon
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        It\'s also partly that this website teeters between Recall-blog or ConsumerReports-blog.
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        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Well, so far, you're wrong.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
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      m_2012
      • 2 Years Ago
      Guess those Chinese airbags aren't working out so well.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @m_2012
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      lacabrera
      • 2 Years Ago
      Toyota is not the only one making defective cars ,government motors is too !
      cmil1935
      • 2 Years Ago
      There's no way I'm going to buy a GM product...after the stock went to _____.People should reconsider and buy another American manufactured product.
        FierySolstice
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmil1935
        follow my advise to clarissa.
        Lifes a Beach
        • 2 Years Ago
        @cmil1935
        Right cmil1935, perfect logic. Taxpayers bailed GM out & despite owing us they won't pay & the best thing a taxpayer can do is never buy another GM product again, this way GM will fail again & not get more taxpayer money. Uhh, hello? Some of the bailout GM received was a loan & they paid all of that back, on time, w/interest. USGov took the rest in stock, which they sell when they choose, at mkt prices - that is not debt. In fact, it seems the best thing an American can do to protect their investments in the big3 (ford was getting bailout loans before the other 2, which they paid back, with interest) is buy American. Esp if that automaker is making a good car w/value that works for them. Dodge is fiat now so calling Dodge 'American' is a bit of a twist & that leaves Ford & GM. Imagine what would happen to quality in domestic autos if either of these 2 went down & the remainer had a 'monopoly' on 'domestic car manufacturing'. I've bought several GM cars in the last several years for exactly these reasons, one of which is to protect my investment as a taxpayer.
          richard
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lifes a Beach
          Well said, Lifes a Beach!
      haglerjerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why don't the Government fine these folks big time so their quality control would be better instead of losing lives to find out things are wrong. Oh well, since GM still owes the tax payers billions, it they fined them, we would be paying ourselves...
      RED SKULL
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honda Motor Co said it would recall about 489,000 CR-Vs in Europe and the United States after finding rain water may enter the vehicles' power window switch on the driver's door, which could ultimately cause the switch to overheat and catch fire.
      vanwrinkles
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another fine job by auto union employees.
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