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GM recalling 4 million vehicles worldwide for software defect linked to 1 death

An SUV moves through the assembly line at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas.
Mike Stone | Reuters
An SUV moves through the assembly line at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas.

General Motors said Friday it will recall nearly 4.3 million vehicles worldwide for a software defect that can, in rare instances, prevent air bags from deploying during a crash, an issue that has been linked to one death and three injuries.

The Detroit automaker said the recall of newer trucks, cars and SUVs from the 2014-2017 model years would not have a material impact on its financial results.

GM said the sensing and diagnostic module that controls airbag deployment has a software defect that may prevent the deployment of frontal airbags in certain "rare circumstances when a crash is preceded by a specific event impacting vehicle dynamics."

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