General Motors has ordered a recall of 38,000 of its Pontiac G8 Sedans , following recent crash-tests of the vehicles. GM discovered that, when the front passenger seat is moved forward, close to the dashboard, to accommodate a passenger approximately the size of a woman 4' 11" in height, the position of the seat triggered a fault in the deployment of the passenger-side airbag. This fault caused the airbag to deploy more slowly than it should have, which could lead to serious injury of the passenger in the event of an impact.
Usually, when someone is hurt in an automobile collision, people tend to look for someone on the road to blame. And most of the time, that's correct. Sometimes, however, the cause of an automobile collision injury traces back to something that happened long before the crash itself - for example, defective safety equipment in the car. Thankfully, GM appears to have nipped this problem in the bud. But we're sure that GM was at least partly motivated by the desire to avoid legal liability, in the event that this defect had hurt someone.