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Cadillac Recalls CT4 and CT5 Sedans for Problems with Airbags


General Motors is recalling 34,157 Cadillac sedans after discovering a fault with the life-saving airbags in the vehicles, putting drivers and passengers at risk.  According to Consumer Reports, the side curtain or roof-rail airbags on CT4 and CT5 cars from 2020-2022 may not have been installed correctly, which could lead to improperly deploying during a crash.  Having malfunctioning airbags in a car would significantly increase the risk of injury to vehicle occupants, and a recall has been issued to fix the problem.

Details of the Recall

GM said the airbags might have been twisted between the two attachment points. The improperly installed airbags could be on the affected vehicles’ left or right sides. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notified GM on June 22, 2021 that the right-side roof-rail airbag in a 2020 Cadillac CT5 did not properly deploy during a crash test conducted on Aug. 13, 2020. GM initiated its own investigation on June 23, 2021.

During an inspection of about 1,300 vehicles at GM’s assembly plant, five vehicles were discovered to have twisted airbag installation. GM is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this problem. The recalled vehicles include 11,064 Cadillac CT4 sedans and 23,093 CT5 sedans, all from the 2020-2022 model years. GM will begin notifying vehicle owners via mail beginning Sept. 20.

Cadillac dealers will inspect both the left and right-side roof-rail airbags and, if found improperly installed, would re-install them correctly. These repairs will be done at no cost to consumers. Vehicle owners may call Cadillac customer service at 1-800-458-8006 for more information. If you want to check if your vehicle has an open recall, you could also visit NHTSA’s website and plug in your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number or VIN.

Auto Product Liability Issues

If you have been injured in a car accident where your vehicle’s airbags failed to deploy, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the automaker, the manufacturer of the airbag, and other parties. You may be able to seek compensation for damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering.

In such cases, it is important that you preserve the vehicle and the airbag in their current conditions so that an expert can thoroughly examine them for all evidence of malfunctions and defects. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to guide you through the process and help you recover maximum compensation for your losses.


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