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GM Claims Takata Air Bags are Safe, NHTSA Disagrees

General Motors (GM) has announced an expansion to the Takata air bag inflators recall, but they state that the parts are unique to its trucks and SUVS, and actually do not pose a safety risk.

About the Takata Inflator Claim

According to ABC News, federal regulators disagree with GM’s claim of safety. The National Highway Safety Administration says that GM must proceed with these two recalls that add up to 1.9 million trucks from the model years 2007-2011.

In addition to recall expansions issued by six other automakers on Thrusday, the current Takata recalls total  a record-breaking 34-40 million inflators.

Even though GM does not believe their inflators are dangerous, they are cooperating in beginning the recall process with the NHTSA.

The company states that no inflators in its trucks have ruptured during 44,000 crashes, or in testing. They claim these inflators were made specifically for these GM trucks and SUV’s. They believe they have no evidence to support the malfunction.

NHTSA spokesman Bryan Thomas says that GM has indeed filed paperwork that declares the inflator’s are defective and will be recalled.

Information on the Takata Recall

  • Takata inflators can malfunction, and spray metal shards when exposed to humidity and repeated hot-and-cold cycles.
  • Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that inflates these airbags, but the chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat.
  • Inflators responsible for 11 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.
  • The recalled models vary by state and age, and the best way to see if your car is affected is to go to https://vinrcl.safecar.gov/vin/ and key in the VIN number.

Models Covered by Thursday’s Recalls:

  • GENERAL MOTORS: 2007-2008 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban, Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500,Yukon, andYukon XL. 2007-2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV and Escalade EXT, Chevrolet Avalanche, Silverado 1500, Suburban and Tahoe, GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon and Yukon XL vehicles. 2009-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 and 3500 and GMC Sierra 2500 and 3500.
  • FORD: Certain 2007-2011 Ford Ranger pickups; 2006-2011 Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan and Lincoln Zephyr/MKZ vehicles; 2007-2010 Ford Edge, Lincoln MKX vehicles; 2005-2006 Ford GT vehicles and 2005-2011 Ford Mustang.
  • VOLKSWAGEN: Certain 2004-2008 Audi A4 and 2005-2011 Audi A6 cars.
  • DAIMLER VANS: Certain 2010-2011 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, 2009-2011 Freightliner Sprinter, and 2009 Dodge Sprinter vans.
  • JAGUAR-LAND ROVER: Certain model year 2007-2011 Land Rover Range Rover SUVs and 2009-2011 Jaguar XF cars.
  • BMW: Certain 2007-2011 X5 xDrive30i, X5 xDrive35i, X5 xDrive48i, X5 xDrive50i and X5M vehicles. 2009-2011 X5 xDrive35d, 2008-2011 X6 xDrive35i, X6 xDrive50i and X6 M vehicles, and 2010-2011 X6 Active Hybrid vehicles.
  • MERCEDES-BENZ: Certain 2008-2011 C300Sedan, C300 4maticSedan, C350 Sedan, C63 AMG Sedan vehicles. 2010-2011 GLK350, GLK350 4-Matic and E350 Coupe vehicles. 2011 SLS AMG, E350 Convertible, E550 Coupe and E550 Convertible vehicles.

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