Product Safety Recall N182206630 Airbag Inflator Rupture – 2010-2011 Chevrolet Malibu

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January 16, 2019 NHTSA CAMPAIGN NUMBER: 19V019000

Driver’s Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Explode

If the inflator explodes, sharp metal fragments may strike the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

 

NHTSA Campaign Number: 19V019

Manufacturer General Motors LLC

Components AIR BAGS

Potential Number of Units Affected 1,145

 

Summary

General Motors LLC (GM) is recalling certain 2010-2011 Chevrolet Malibu vehicles. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, the air bag inflator may explode due to being overpressurized.

 

Remedy

GM has notified owners, and dealers will replace the front driver air bag module, free of charge. The recall began February 25, 2019. Owners may contact GM customer service at 1-800-522-9559. GM’s number for this recall is N182206630.

 

Notes

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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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Safety Recall N182206630
Airbag Inflator Rupture

 

These questions and answers are being provided to help GM dealers respond to inquiries from involved vehicle owners about the Safety recall identified above. 

Q1) Which vehicles are involved?
A1) Certain 2010 – 2011 model year Chevrolet Malibu vehicles.

 

Q2) What is the issue or condition?
A2) These vehicles were equipped with an ARC front-driver airbag inflator that could over pressurize during airbag deployment and rupture.

 

Q3) What symptoms may be experienced?  What warning signs may be associated with the issue or condition described?
A3) None.

 

Q4) What is the remedy/repair?
A4) Dealers will replace the front-driver airbag module.

 

Q5) What is the safety risk?  Is the vehicle safe to drive?
A5) If the front-driver airbag inflator ruptures during deployment, the airbag may not fully inflate, and the release of high-pressured gas may propel pieces of the inflator and airbag module into the occupant compartment, causing or increasing the risk of injury to occupant(s) in a crash.

 

Q6) Does the customer have to pay for this remedy/repair?
A6) No, this inspection/repair will be done at no cost to the customer.

 

Q7) Is the remedy/repair available now?
A7) No, this inspection/repair will be done at no cost to the customer.

 

Q8) What should customers do until recall repairs can be completed?  Are there any special instructions?
A8) If special instructions are provided, they will be included in the notification letters to customers.

 

Q9) How can customers check to see if their vehicle is involved in this field action?
A9) Customers who own a vehicle involved in the field action will be notified by mail by General Motors, but they may also check their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for field actions in GM Owner Center at https://my.gm.com/recalls or via NHTSA’s website at https://vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin/.

 

Q10) If customers are concerned, can they get a rental car or courtesy transportation?
A10) Owners should contact their Chevrolet dealer to arrange a service appointment as soon as possible. They may continue to use their vehicle as the condition is possible only during airbag deployment. If they have concerns about the continued use of their vehicle before the repair can be completed, there is the availability of shuttle service as well as courtesy transportation at no charge. A labor code to submit for courtesy transportation will be included in the upcoming bulletin.

 


2 Affected Products

Vehicle

MAKE MODEL YEAR
CHEVROLET MALIBU 2010-2011

 


18 Associated Documents

Recall 573 Report-Amendment 2

RCLRPT-19V019-2023.PDF 213.829KB

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Recall Acknowledgement

RCAK-19V019-5270.pdf 281.286KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: January 16, 2019 Subject: Upcoming Safety Recall N182206630 Airbag Inflator Rupture Population Expansion

RCMN-19V019-5133.pdf 74.343KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: February 12, 2019 Subject: N182206630 – Safety Recall Airbag Inflator Rupture Partial Release

RCMN-19V019-7595.pdf 74.709KB

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Recall 573 Report-Amendment 3

RCLRPT-19V019-2054.PDF 213.987KB

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Defect Notice 573 Report

RCLRPT-19V019-6173.PDF 213.829KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: January 4, 2019 Subject: Upcoming Safety N182206630 Airbag Inflator Rupture Application for Used Vehicle Working Capital Assistance Program

RCMN-19V019-6629.pdf 134.989KB

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ISSUED Interim Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

RIONL-19V019-8881.pdf 188.522KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: December 21, 2018 Subject: Upcoming Safety Recall N182206630 Airbag Inflator Rupture

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Safety Bulletin

RCSB-19V019-6188.pdf 579.966KB

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Safety Recall N182206630 Airbag Inflator Rupture

RMISC-19V019-9769.pdf 92KB

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

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ISSUED Owner Notification Letter(Part 577)

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Safety Bulletin

RCSB-19V019-1885.pdf 399.241KB

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Manufacturer Notices(to Dealers,etc) – Date: March 28, 2019 Subject: N182206630-01 – Safety Recall Airbag Inflator Rupture Revised Parts Section and WCAP Information Included

RCMN-19V019-7390.pdf 11.335KB

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Recall Quarterly Report #1, 2019-1

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Recall Quarterly Report #2, 2019-2

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Recall Quarterly Report #3, 2019-3

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Latest Recalls Documents

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1 Associated Investigation

Air Bag Inflator Rupture
NHTSA ID: EA16003
Dated opened: August 4, 2016

The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) is upgrading its Preliminary Evaluation of ARC Automotive Inc. (ARC) air bag inflators to an Engineering Analysis. ODI opened PE15-027 in July 2015 based on two injury incidents involving a driver air bag inflator rupture. One incident involved a 2002 Chrysler Town & Country that utilized a dual-stage air bag inflator. The other involved a 2004 Kia Optima that utilized a single-stage inflator. Both driver air bag inflators were manufactured by ARC, a tier-two supplier of automotive air bag systems, at their manufacturing facility in Knoxville Tennessee. All ARC driver air bag inflators are a hybrid design that fills the air bag by releasing an inert gas mixture stored in the inflator at high pressure. The gas mixture is augmented by an ammonium nitrate based propellant. The pressurized gas mixture and propellant are contained entirely within a hermetically sealed steel housing isolated from external atmospheric conditions.

During the course of PE15-027, ODI requested information from ARC about which air bag module manufacturers used the subject ARC inflators. Based on the information received from ARC, ODI requested information from the identified air bag module manufacturers about which vehicle manufacturers used modules with the subject ARC inflators. That process identified two additional affected vehicle manufacturers, General Motors and Hyundai.

Based on the age of the vehicles involved in the two incidents in the U.S., ODI focused on single- and dual-stage inflators manufactured by ARC from the start of production to September 2004. It is estimated that approximately 8 million inflators, both single- and dual-stage, were manufactured for use in vehicles produced by Chrysler, GM, Kia and Hyundai for sale or lease in the United States during that time frame.

In addition to identifying models using the subject ARC air bag inflator, ODI requested that the affected vehicle manufacturers supply the details for any type of complaint, field report, lawsuit, arbitration or other report involving any vehicle manufactured for sale or lease in the United States equipped with air bag modules utilizing an air bag inflator manufactured by ARC regardless of inflator type (dual vs. single) or position (i.e. driver, passenger, side, etc.). No additional field failures were reported to ODI by the vehicle manufacturers. Additionally, ODI received information from ARC regarding the design, manufacture and testing of the single- and dual-stage driver air bag inflators.

In July 2016, ODI was informed by Transport Canada of a fatal incident involving a driver air bag rupture in a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. It was determined that incident inflator was manufactured by ARC and had ruptured in substantially the same manner as the two previous incidents known to ODI. The driver air bag module in the subject 2009 Hyundai Elantra utilized a single-stage inflator manufactured at ARC’s facility in China. ARC confirmed that the inflator in the 2009 Hyundai Elantra was substantially the same design as the single-stage inflator in the 2004 Kia Optima and was assembled using substantially the same manufacturing process.

The U.S. market model 2009 Hyundai Elantra did not use the single-stage driver air bag inflator produced by ARC in China. It is unknown at this time if any of the inflators manufactured in China were used in vehicles produced for sale or lease in the United States.

ODI’s investigation will focus on determining the entire US population of ARC manufactured driver air bag inflators, single- and dual-stage, identification of affected vehicle manufacturers, and whether any single-stage driver air bag inflators manufactured at ARC’s facility in China were used in vehicles produced for sale or lease in the United States. Additionally, ODI will conduct a program to recover the subject ARC inflators from vehicles in the field for further testing and evaluation in support of root cause analysis.


 

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