Takata Airbag Recall Looms for GM

by Admin on August 25, 2016

An upcoming decision looms large for General Motors Company on whether it will be forced to recall up to 4.3 million vehicles due to Takata airbag inflators deemed unsafe in May 2016 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA recalled all frontal Takata airbags that do not use a drying agent after studies linked the lack of such desiccant to propellant degradation which over time can eventually cause ruptures during normal deployment which could cause serious injury or death.

General Motors Co.

GM is currently negotiating with the NHTSA to relinquish the recall on some of its vehicle models that are subject to the recall. The appeal that General Motors Co. makes is that their vehicles are designed differently enough to prevent the range of injuries that have been associated with Takata inflator ruptures so far with other brands, GM also notes 44,000 airbag deployments in their SUV and pickup truck models that have had no reported ruptures.

So far 13 deaths and over 100 injuries have been associated worldwide with desiccant-free Takata airbag inflators. Seventeen automakers were subject to the NHTSA May 2016 recall announcement, upwards of 40 million vehicles may be subject to this recall across the globe.

If General Motors is forced to recall all 4.3 million of their recalled vehicles, it will cost them an estimated $550 million USD.

Cameron Wallace
Account Manager
AmazonAutoNation.com

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