The Problem: The second stage of the driver front airbag inflator might not be present. If this happens, the airbag won't fill as quickly as it should in a high-speed crash, which could increase the risk of injury, according to Reuters. This is not related in any way to Takata's inflator problems, and these parts come from a different supplier.
Injuries/Deaths: None reported.
The Fix: GM will replace the vehicles' airbag assemblies.
If You Own One: GM spokesperson Tom Wilkinson told Autoblog he wasn't specifically sure when recall repairs would begin but said it would be "shortly." He expects the fixes to happen "quickly" because of the small number of affected vehicles, and many of them are either in transport or already in dealer stock.
More Information: GM recalled the 2015 Canyon and Colorado in 2014 for a completely separate airbag issue. In that case, a manufacturing error improperly wired the connectors.
GM is recalling 1,579 MY 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Malibu vehicles in the United States and 161 in Canada to replace driver-side front airbags.
The second stage of the airbag may not deploy properly in certain high-speed crashes.
During a routine quality inspection, it was determined that a component required for a second-stage/high-output deployment was not loaded during the inflator build.
Dealers will replace the driver-side front airbag assembly.
There have been no reports of crashes or injuries related to this issue.
This issue is unrelated to the ongoing Takata recalls.