GM recalling 4.28M vehicles for airbag software problem

DETROIT - General Motors is recalling approximately 4.28 million vehicles worldwide, 3.64 million of which are in the U.S., for a software defect that led to one person's death, company officials said Friday.

GM's communications manager for cybersecurity and safety, Tom Wilkinson, told ABC News that the problem lies in a computer module that controls airbags on several vehicle models -- under the GMC, Chevrolet, Buick and Cadillac brands.

The defect was linked to three accidents that resulted in injuries and one fatal accident, all of which were in the United States, Wilkinson said.

General Motor's stock was down by just under 3 percentage points after the announcement.

The vehicles being recalled include Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet SS and Spark EV cars in the 2014-2016 model years; Chevrolet Corvette, Caprice PPV, Trax and Silverado 1500, as well as Buick Encore and GMC Sierra 1500 vehicles with model years 2014-2017; and model year 2015-2017 Chevrolet Tahoe, Silverado HD and Suburban, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL and Sierra HD, as well as Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV cars.

The company said in a statement that it would notify affected customers, and that dealers would patch the faulty software without charge.

If customers are unsure whether they are affected, they can check by searching their car's VIN number on the company's website.

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