General Motors has issued the recall of 50,500 units of its 2011 Cadillac SRX luxury crossover models because the performance of the front passenger airbag is different from the owner's manual. In the U.S., 47,401 vehicles are affected while the rest are in Canada and Mexico. GM said that there have been no reports of crashes or injuries because of this issue.
More than 22,000 each of the SRX and the CTS sedan models have been sold so far this year, making them the best-selling Cadillac models in the U.S.
From January to May, SRX sales have increased by 18%. GM said that the SRX air bags have been programmed to turn off the right side roof-rail airbag if there’s a front passenger. But in the owner’s manual, it states that the airbag will deploy whether this seat is occupied or not.
Because of the varying information, it goes against federal safety standards. GM said that repairing it will mean that software has to be reprogrammed. Only North America is affected by this issue since it is where the automatic occupant sensing system is used. A manual key is used by the exported models to disable the passenger side airbag. The roof rail airbags are not suppressed by the key disable system.