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GM recalls 30 Chevrolet Camaros for badges flying at driver when airbag fires

It’s not uncommon for devoted Chevy fans to get their favourite brand’s logo tattooed on their biceps, but for a few Camaro owners, there’s a possibility they could end up with one on their foreheads.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a safety recall for 30 Camaros – yes, just 30 cars – where the emblem in the centre of the steering wheel could potentially separate if the airbag deploys.

Should that happen, then instead of tucking out of the way as it should when the bag comes out, the emblem could become a projectile and, perhaps, a new tattoo on one’s face.

According to NHTSA, the 30 affected vehicles span model years 2017 to 2021, and were the result of airbag modules that were made with “improperly molded plastic material.” These include parts original to the vehicle, or later replaced as part of a repair.

GM reported the problem to the federal safety agency after the company that supplied the parts reported that two airbag covers separated during a minus-30 C test deployment. Further testing revealed that the cover could also separate at “normal operating temperatures.”

General Motors didn’t indicate if any of the affected vehicles were sold in Canada, but said it has no reports of any modules separating in real-world driving, or of any injuries – or forehead tattoos – associated with it. Letters will go out to owners of affected vehicles starting May 10, 2021, and dealers will replace the modules at no charge.

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