GM to Recall Nearly 7 Million Pickups, SUVs

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General Motors (GM) will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators, according to an Associated Press story cited by KTLA-TV

The announcement came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 million of the vehicles domestically.

GM will recall full-size pickup trucks and SUVs from the 2007 through 2014 model years, including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickups. Also covered are the Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe and Avalanche, the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500, and the GMC Yukon.

GM says it will not fight the decision, even though it believes the vehicles are safe, according to the report.

The automaker had petitioned the agency four times since 2016 to avoid recalls, contending the air bag inflator canisters have been safe on the road and in testing. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday denied the petitions, saying the inflators still run the risk of exploding.

Exploding Takata inflators caused the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history, with at least 63 million inflators recalled. The U.S. government says that as of September, more than 11.1 million had not been fixed. About 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.

Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to heat and humidity, and it can explode with too much pressure, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel.

Twenty-seven people have been killed worldwide by the exploding inflators, including 18 in the U.S., the report says.

GM has 30 days to give NHTSA a proposed schedule for notifying vehicle owners and starting the recall.

Source: KTLA-TV