NHTSA announces recall of 38,500 Pontiac G8s

November 7, 2011 12:00 AM

General Motors will be recalling nearly 38,500 Pontiac G8 sedans from the 2008 and 2009 model years for an issue with an airbag sensor. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the sensing and diagnostic module on the passenger side will cause a 30-millisecond deployment delay when the seat is in the fully-forward position.

This fraction of a second is enough time to increase the risk of a head injury in the event of a crash where the front air bag is deployed. Motor Authority reports that safety crash-tests conducted at about 30 miles per hour revealed the flaw in the sensor that disqualified it from meeting federal safety standards.

While this recall may only affect certain Pontiac car owners, vehicle safety is important for every driver. This is why drivers should keep up with auto maintenance, and when a problem arises the best bet is to pursue auto repair as soon as possible - even if the issue is a minor one. Something as simple as an oil change or a tire rotation can keep are car running smoothly and prevent bigger issues from occurring.

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