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GM Recalls Corvette ZR1 For Airbag Issue

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Thankfully it will affect just a handful of owners.

The latest C7 generation Corvette ZR1 is one of the most impressive cars on the market thanks to its supercharged 755-horsepower LT5 V8. The LT5 improves on the 650-hp LT4 found in the Z06, which garnered a lawsuit against GM for overheating issues. Fortunately, the new ZR1 doesn't seem to be suffering from that, but Automotive News reports that the car is being recalled for a different reason. GM will reportedly recall nearly 500 examples of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 for a potential airbag deployment issue.

The recall document from GM states if the sensing diagnostic model "is exposed to extremely hard braking and sustained acceleration events under certain track conditions, the SDM may enter a fault state and will not return to normal operation until battery power is removed from the system. In this faulted state, the SDM will not provide crash sensing or deploy airbags in the event of a crash." Obviously, if the airbags fail to deploy in a crash, it could cause an increased risk of injury. Since many ZR1s will be purchased with the intent to be driven on a race track, the potential for "extremely hard braking and sustained acceleration" seems highly likely.

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Luckily, GM estimates that only around 1 percent of the 498 vehicles being recalled could have the defect. The issue was discovered by GM engineers during a track event at Road Atlanta. Chevy dealerships were notified of the issue on May 31, and customers will be notified starting on June 29.