General Motors Co. has recalled 38,400 Pontiac G8 models made in Australia to reprogram the front-passenger airbag module. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the air-bag modules for the 2008 and 2009 models might not comply with federal standards for head injury protection. GM said that no complaints, crashes or injuries have been reported related to the issue.
But the company found that in case of a crash, the air-bag sensor could be delayed putting some passengers at increased risk for a head injury. GM said crash tests found that the risk was limited but slightly higher for small women sitting in the front passenger seat. GM dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module at no charge. The G8 was manufactured in Australia and imported to the United States.
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