U.S. investigating potential airbag flaw in 749,312 GM vehicles

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating a potential problem with an airbag indicator light installed in 749,312 vehicles made by General Motors Co. that may prevent the bags from deploying in accidents.

The agency, according to documents posted on its website, has begun a preliminary evaluation after receiving 15 consumer complaints on the alleged malfunctions on model year 2020-21 GM vehicles such as the Chevrolet Silverado, Tahoe, Suburban, the GMC Sierra, Yukon, Yukon XL and the Cadillac Escalade, and Escalade ESV.

Vehicles affected by the investigation have been involved in six crashes that have resulted in eight injuries though no fatalities, according to NHTSA.

The agency said it is “opening this preliminary investigation to determine the scope and severity of the potential problem and to fully assess the potential safety-related issues.”

General Motors did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Saurabh Shukla

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