DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – General Motors is recalling more than 47,000 model year 2011 Cadillac SRX crossover vehicles in the U.S. because of a problem with the passenger side air bags.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the vehicles are being recalled over failure to comply with “occupant crash protection.”

The airbags are programmed to turn off the right side roof-rail airbag if the passenger sensing system determines that the right front passenger seat is unoccupied. But that conflicts with the owner’s manual, which says the air bags will inflate regardless whether the front seat is occupied.

As a result, a right-side passenger in the back seat may not be protected and could get hurt in a front or side crash, the agency said in documents posted to their website Friday.

“Because the actions of the air bag and the owner’s manual do not match, the vehicle is not compliant” with federal safety standards, NHTSA said.

The recall affects about 47,401 SRXs made between Feb. 2, 2010 and April 29 of this year and sold in North America.

GM will notify owners by mail starting Friday. To fix the defect, GM dealers will reprogram the sensing and diagnostic module free of charge.

Officials at GM said no injuries have been reported.

Owners may contact Cadillac at 866-982-2339 or online at Owners may also contact the NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or online at

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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