Side Air Bags Explode Without Warning in Chevy and GMC Trucks
Imagine you're driving down the road in your Chevy or GMC pickup and then all of a sudden your side airbag explodes without warning. More than likely it would cause you to lose control of your truck which could ultimately cause a serious accident.
That right there is a situation that you don't want to deal with. That's why General Motors is recalling around 400,000 Chevy and GMC pickups in the U.S. Apparently, the side airbags can explode without warning and spew parts into the cabin. A pretty scary situation that could turn deadly.
According to WDIV, three inflators ruptured in 2015 Silverados last month, one in Florida and two in Texas. All three trucks were unoccupied at the time, and GM says it has no reports of injuries. That's amazing that no one was injured or even in the trucks at the time. If that happened to me while I was driving, it would scare the crap out of me so bad that I'd definitely drive off the road or into someone else.
What pickup trucks are being recalled?
The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks.
Before you go saying, "That's why I drive a Ford." Keep in mind, this isn't necessarily General Motors' fault, a manufacturing defect allowed moisture into the inflator while it was being manufactured, which caused corrosion. The inflators were made in Mexico by Joyson Safety Systems.
What should you do?
Just sit tight and hope your airbags don't explode. Owners will be notified starting Aug. 16 and they'll get a second letter when parts are widely available. There's a bit of a shortage with the parts that are needed.