General Motors is recalling 38,444 2008-2009 Pontiac G8s because of the increased risk of head injury in smaller adult females when the airbag deploys in a collision, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The G8 doesn’t have adequate protection for women who weigh about 108 pounds and are 4-foot-11 or shorter. When the front passenger seat is positioned fully forward, there could be a delay in airbag deployment, which could increase the risk of head injury in smaller adult females. The risk was identified when testing the 2012 Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle, which is related to the G8.
GM dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge. For more info, owners can call Pontiac at 800-620-7668 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.