GM ready for further Takata recalls after it has not been proven that vehicle groups are excluded from errors
General Motors will recall nearly seven million vehicles after the US Road Safety Administration denied its appeal to be banned from replacing potentially dangerous airbags.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) denied GM’s petition to avoid the recall, citing several concerns about GM’s research to prove the safety of its cars.
GM, while disagreeing with the NHTSA, issued a statement saying that the necessary steps will begin. to commemorate a range of SUVs and pick-ups that were manufactured between 2007 and 2014.
These include the Cadillac Escalade, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500; Chevy Suburban and Tahoe; GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500; as well as the Yukon and Yukon XL.
None of these vehicles were imported into Australia through official channels, General Motors Specialty Vehicles tells WhichCar, but does supply airbags for free to repair cars privately imported with faulty airbags.
« The safety and confidence of those who drive our vehicles is paramount in everything we do at General Motors, » said a spokesman.
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Gray import companies are not bound to the same level of marketing for potential recalls, according to the government product safety website, but they must at least reach out to the owners.
In Australia, companies such as Performax International, Overseas Vehicles Sales and Victorian American Imports are listed as importers of affected GMC Silverado and Sierra models.
While GM’s new recall in Australia will be relatively minor, it is reported that GM will have to pay $ 1. 2b (A $ 1. 63b) to address it on a global scale.
Potentially explosive Takata airbags have triggered the largest vehicle recall in history, with over 100 million cars repaired worldwide.
But millions of potentially dangerous cars are left unrepaired, and the recall has not come without significant cost.
Takata filed for bankruptcy in 2017 and at least 30 deaths were attributed to the defective airbags.
A propellant used to inflate the bags degrades over time and in humid conditions, and possibly destabilizes the detonation of the air bag.
Australia has recalled three million cars as part of the global push, but there are still thousands of cars with defective airbags on the road.
Recently, the scope of the recall was expanded after a new type of airbag was classified as dangerous.
This is just a few months after the deadline by which manufacturers should collect all cases by December 31. December 2020.
Takata Corporation, Airbag, General Motors, Product Recall
World News – AU – GM is recalling nearly seven million vehicles following the new Takata ruling
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