Toronto, Ontario — An ongoing microchip shortage isn’t stopping major automakers from carrying on with production as General Motors revealed that they will be shipping some 2022 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles without certain advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) features.
A GM spokesperson said on July 4 that certain Equinox and Terrain models will be built without Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert. These changes are to be reflected on each affected vehicle’s build record and window label.
The OEM says that these vehicles are still equipped with the hardware to operate these ADAS systems, but are currently lacking microprocessors to make them operational.
Once the microprocessors become available, drivers will be able to visit a GM dealership to have their vehicle retrofitted with the highly in-demand electronic component.
Repairers will need to use OEM-approved scan tools in order to determine which specific ADAS functions are active on a vehicle.
According to 2019 research conducted by GM and the University of Michigan, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, when coupled with Rear Vision Camera and Rear Park Assist, cut backing collisions by 52 percent, while Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert reduced lane-change crashes by 26 percent.