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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

General Motors Corporation


Chevrolet Cavalier Years: 1996-1997
Pontiac Sunfire Years: 1996-1997

Number Involved: 675,302
Dates of Manufacture: April 1995 - May 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V146
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Because of certain calibrations in the air bag's sending and diagnostic module, an inadvertent air bag deployment could occur in a low speed crash or when an object strikes the floor pan. Air bags deploy with great force and can seriously injure unrestrained occupants who are too close to them.
Remedy: Dealers will recalibrate the air bag sensing and diagnostic module. Owner notification is expected to begin during August 1998.
Owner Notification: Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020 or Pontiac at 1-800-762-2737.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.