A class action lawsuit has been filed against General Motors in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia over an alleged airbag problem with the fifth generation Chevy Camaro.
This collective suit claims that the 2010 and 2011 model year Chevy Camaro will turn off the front passenger airbags even if an adult is in the front passenger seat, reports Car Complaints. The problem can apparently be traced back to the passenger’s front passenger sensors, which are prone to cracking. The suit claims GM knows the pads are prone to tear and issued a warning to the seat supplier in 2009 to address the issue before a redesigned sensor pad was introduced into the vehicle in late 2010.
The automaker issued technical service bulletins for the problem back in 2009 and 2010. These TSBs stated that some customers complained that the airbag readiness sensor light on the dashboard would come on and warned them that the airbag on the passenger side was off even if an adult was in position on the seat According to the class action lawsuit, GM was informed about the problems with the sensor pad and should have issued a safety recall for affected vehicles.
The plaintiff in that class action lawsuit bought a 2011 Chevy Camaro back in January 2012, but said he would not have done so had he known the passenger-side airbag would fail seven years later in May 2019. The plaintiff says the airbag light was on and the airbag indicator light read “Off” when an adult passenger was sitting on the seat and asked him to take the car to a GM dealer in November 2020. He paid $ 163.86 to diagnose the problem, with the dealer then suggesting replacing the passenger seat cushion sensor and module at $ 1,799. The plaintiff instead bought the relevant parts online for $ 667.55 and had a local mechanic install them for $ 300.
This class action lawsuit pertains to 2010-2011 Chevy Camaro cars that were leased or purchased by consumers in the United States outside of the state of California.
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