If you have a Chevy
Cobalt built between 2005 and 2006 that doesn't
have the optional roof-mounted side impact airbags
, you could be getting a recall notice in the mail soon. Apparently Chevy (and presumably the NHTSA
) discovered that there isn't sufficient padding to meet federal requirements in these vehicles, and unacceptable head injuries could result in a collision. Scary to think there's an acceptable amount of injury that would be tolerated, but anyway. As a fix, dealers
will add "energy absorbing plastic" to the headliner trim to help soften the blow should your head strike the headliner in a crash. The recall affects 98,000 Cobalts on the road.
[Source: NHTSA via The Auto Channel]