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Pontiac G8s Recalled for Airbag Problems

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP

General Motors announced last week that it would recall more than 38,000 Pontiac G8 sedans for problems with faulty airbag sensors. The recall includes Pontiac G8s from model years 2008 and 2009, and applies to 38,444 vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notified GM last week that its dual-stage passenger airbags didn’t comply with government requirements. The agency found that when in the passenger seat, small crash dummies involved in a 30 mph frontal crash test had a higher risk of head injury because the second stage of the dual-stage front passenger airbag took too long to deploy.

“So far no injuries have been reported as a result of this malfunction, so G8 owners can hoon in peace until they can get their cars into the dealers,” writes Jalopnik.

However, this may cause some confusion for Pontiac owners since the brand was discontinued in 2009 and there aren’t any Pontiac dealerships around anymore. “Dealers will be instructed to perform the recall free of charge, although GM hasn’t said just which of its dealers will remedy affected cars since there are no more Pontiac dealers,” says Left Lane News.

If you own a 2008 or 2009 Pontiac G8, General Motors will get in touch with you to let you know how and where to get this problem corrected. If you want more information about the recall, visit NHTSA’S website or call the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.

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