General Motors Co. (GM) has recalled 73,000 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt sedans because some may have been built with improperly routed side impact wiring that could prevent an air bag from deploying in a crash. GM said it has a report of one injury and crash related to the issue. According to GM, the new call back is not related to the 2014 recall of 2.6 million vehicles — including the 2005-2010 Cobalt — for ignition switch defects that are linked to hundreds of deaths and injuries. The recall includes about 60,000 Cobalt cars in the United States, and 13,000 in Canada. In that recall, the faulty ignition switches in the off or accessory mode could result in the air bags failing to deploy in a frontal crash.
GM said the new recall issue is related to the sensor wire harness routing in the left front door. When improperly routed, the window regulator could contact the harness when the window is fully lowered and over time chafe the harness insulation. That could result in a short circuit preventing the driver side roof rail air bag from deploying during a crash. Dealers will inspect all suspect vehicles and any found with the condition will be repaired. GM said the warning light would display that the air bag was malfunctioning before a crash. The number of vehicles GM has recalled in 2015 has fallen sharply. To date, GM has recalled 2.2 million vehicles in 26 campaigns. By contrast, GM recalled 27 million vehicles in the United States in 2014 in a record setting 84 recall campaigns. By this point last year, GM had already issued 66 campaigns covering more than 25 million vehicles.
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