2019 Corvette ZR1 Recalled Due To Faulty Airbag Sensor

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2019 Corvette ZR1

Airbag sensor issues from hard braking and acceleration mean software update for 490 2019 Corvette ZR1s.

When General Motors Executive Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss took a 2019 Corvette ZR1 around Belle Isle during the Grand Prix of Detroit back in early June, the resulting spin left the exec a bit embarrassed, but otherwise unharmed thanks to the airbags deploying to protect his head from hitting the steering wheel.

The same might not be said for the 490 owners of the 2019 ZR1. From our forums comes a recall notice, originally covered by Cars.com. The notice concerns the airbag sensor, and how the laws of motion come together to bring potential for disaster to driver and passenger alike.

“Hard braking or acceleration may cause the sensing diagnostic module to enter a fault state. As a result, the diagnostic module will not provide crash sensing or deploy the necessary airbags in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury.”

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – VIR lap record holder on Grand Course West. (Richard Prince/Chevrolet photo).


The fix involves a trip to the dealership, whereupon dealers will “reprogram the sensing diagnostic module with updated software for free.” Though GM didn’t reveal a recall notification schedule right away, Cars.com says to call Chevrolet at 1-800-222-1020, or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s hotline at 1-888-327-4236 for information on what to do with the recall. You can also look up the VIN on the NHTSA’s website to determine if your ZR1 is affected.

A few of our forum members did receive a notification a week ago, while one had their sensor reprogrammed during a visit to their dealer’s service bay for another issue. Again, the reprogramming of the airbag sensor is free, and will definitely bring peace of mind while blasting down the highway in one of the baddest ‘Vettes to ever roam the asphalt. After all, it’s better to blush out of embarrassment like Reuss than to bleed out of your skull.

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