GM Recalls Sedans and SUVs for Faulty Airbag Warning

Models from Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC are included in the recall

2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban Photo: Chevrolet

General Motors is recalling 282,429 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles from the 2021 model year because the warning light indicating an airbag malfunction may not work properly. As a result, drivers may think that their airbag is working properly when it is not and may not receive adequate protection in a crash.

The problem is due to faulty software and can be fixed through a software update. Owners can choose between getting an “over-the-air” software update—downloading the fix directly to their vehicle without visiting a dealership—or having a dealership perform the software update for them. According to documents from GM, the update takes about 15 minutes, during which time the vehicle cannot be driven.

GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.

The Details

Vehicles Recalled: 

• 2021 Buick Envision SUV

• 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 sedans

• 2021 Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs

• 2021 Chevrolet Corvette sports car

• 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs

• 2021 GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs

The problem: A software issue may prevent the vehicle’s airbag malfunction warning light from illuminating. If there is a fault with the airbag but the light does not illuminate, drivers may assume their airbags will deploy in a crash even if they would not.

The fix: Owners can either download a software update directly to their vehicle or have a dealership perform the software update for them. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners of affected vehicles will be alerted in July, and may contact Buick at 800-521-7300, Cadillac at 800-458-8006, Chevrolet at 800-222-1020, or GMC at 800-462-8782. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21V421. GM’s own number for this recall is N212338110.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.