In replacing Takata air bags, GM to recall over 7M vehicles worldwide


  • On Monday, General Motors (GM) announced that it would recall around 7 million vehicles worldwide to replace the Takata air bag inflators which are prone to explosion.
  • The automaker was ordered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration after it received complaints from vehicle owners.
  • Worldwide, over 27 people were killed because of exploding inflators, with 18 people were Americans.

General Motors (GM) company said on Monday that it will recall over 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVS across the world in a bid to replace the Takata air bag inflators that are fatal to users.

The US government ordered the company to recall about 6 million of its vehicles nationwide.

Despite several petitions and arguments that the vehicles are safe, the automaker will adhere to the government’s demand. The recall would approximately yield $1.2 billion in expenses, which is more than 30 percent of the company’s net income in 2020.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied the GM’s petitions on Monday, arguing that inflators are still prone to explode. Vehicle owners have complained to the agency that the automaker was focusing on profits rather than safety.

In a statement, NHTSA said that it made a comprehensive analysis of all available data.

“Based on this information and information provided to the petition’s public docket, NHTSA concluded that the GM inflators in question are at risk of the same type of explosion after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity as other recalled Takata inflators.”

GM has 30 days to submit a proposed schedule to NHTSA to advise vehicle owners and begin the recall, the statement added.

The NHTSA had taken four years before declaring its ruling. The decision meant that the issue would now be resolved as all of Takata ammonium nitrate inflators in the US will be replaced.

The chemical used by Takata to fill air bags during car crashes is capable of deteriorating when exposed to heat and humidity. With that, it is prone to an explosion that sends out metal shrapnel.

With about 63 million inflators recalled, exploding Takata inflators is the largest series of auto recalls in the US. As of September, over 11.1 million inflators were still unfixed, based on the federal government. Worldwide, around 100 million inflators have been recalled.

The exploding inflators have killed 27 people worldwide, 18 of which happened in the US.

Vehicles to be recalled include full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from 2007 up to 2014 model, some of which were the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups. Other vehicles include Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe and Avalanche, the Cadillac Escalade, the GMC Yukon and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500.


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