The crash of the 2019 Corvette ZR1 pace car at the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle a couple weeks ago may have a silver lining after all.
Following the crash, Chevrolet put out a statement saying the Corvette’s safety systems performed as expected. However, some of us were a bit perplexed as from the video, it doesn’t appear that the driver side airbag deployed after Mark Reuss lost control at turn 2 and nosed into the wall.
That ZR1’s crash may have uncovered a previously unknown issue as today we learned that GM is issuing a recall for approximately 490 new 2019 ZR1 Corvettes for fixing an issue with the ZR1s diagnostic sensor module that controls the airbags.
The problem is said to be that 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.
Dealers will be able to remedy the issue with a reprogram of the sensing diagnostic module. The update will be provided to ZR1 owners at no charge.
We haven’t yet heard of any timetables for GM contacting owners. ZR1 owners can call Chevrolet customer care at 800-222-1020 as well as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236. We did a search of the NHTSA’s website and have yet to see it listed there, although we did just a general search instead of looking up recalls with a VIN.
The Corvette ZR1 is essentially a different car from the previous C7 models and these things are going to come to light. We’re just glad that Chevy found it quickly and now we hope that owners can get the updates as quickly and painlessly as possible.
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