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  • All G8’s Recalled Over Airbag Issue

    Posted on November 5th, 2011 tcorzett No comments

    GM is recalling all 38,400 Pontiac G8’s for an airbag issue…

    A 5th percentile female anthropomorphic test device (ATD) in a 30 mph frontal barrier test exceeded the Head Injury Criteria (HIC) requirements of the Standard. With the front passenger seat positioned full forward, the seat position sensor will cause a 30 milliseconds deployment delay between the first and second stages of the dual-stage frontal passenger airbag. In the event of a crash severe enough to command deployment of the front passenger airbag, this delay may result in increased head injury to certain (5th percentile) front seat occupants.

    So, in English, really small women sitting in the passenger’s seat with it in the farthest forward position could be at greater risk for a head injury in the case of a crash.

    Since I’ve never had someone of this description (~5ft 108lbs) in my car, let alone with the front seat in the farthest forward position… I’m not really concerned with this, but none-the-less, I’ll head to the dealer to get the airbag reprogrammed.