There have been a number of recalls recently relating to front airbags on the passenger side of vehicles. The concern is over possible malfunctions of the occupant detection system. These are some of the recalls:
• General Motors: 12,662 2009 Cadillac CTS sedans were recalled over a software problem that may disable the front-passenger airbag when it should be enabled or vice versa.
• Nissan has recalled more than 200,000 2007-08 Altima, 350Z, Murano and Rogue and Infiniti EX35, G35 and G37 vehicles to fix a sensor for the passenger-side airbag. An electronic component in the unit in the passenger seat cushion may have been made out of specification. Nissan is also recalling 16,365 2006 Murano and 2008 Infiniti EX35 SUVs to fix incorrectly-programmed software that may lead passenger-side airbags to fail.
• BMW is recalling 200,000 2006 3 Series and 2004-06 5 Series cars and 2004-06 X3 SUVs over concerns that the front-passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash. Small cracks could develop in a seat detection mat and deactivate the bags but activate the warning light.
• Hyundai is recalling 393,714 2006-08 Sonata sedans to fix a problem with the air-bag system in the front passenger seat. The affected cars have an advanced system that disables the passenger front bag when it detects a child-restraint system or small child in the seat.
• Ford is recalling 470,000 2005-08 Mustangs to update passenger-side front-air-bag software. Ford says internal testing showed the airbag could injure a small, unbelted passenger.
For more recall information, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.safercar.gov.
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