General Motors Co. publicly announced on Thursday that it might be forced by U.S. regulators to recall another 4.3 million vehicles for potentially defective Takata air bag inflators, according to Reuters. This would cost the U.S automaker a total of $550 million.
In a securities filing, GM stated that the costs of replacing Takata air bag inflators in the 4.3 million additional vehicles would be a total of $550 million, whilst the act of replacing inflators in the 2.5 million vehicles recalled to date would in fact cost as much as $320 million.
Although GM have agreed to conduct the recall following talks with the U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the U.S. automaker does not believe that there is a safety defect in any of the 6.8 million vehicles.
In May, the NHTSA said that it would be mandatory for 17 automakers to recall another 25 million to 40 million U.S. air bag inflators assembled by Takata. Prior to this, 14 automakers had recalled 24 million vehicles with 28.8 million inflators linked to at least 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries.
The U.S. automaker has not yet begun repairs on the initial 2.5 million vehicles that were recalled, and has not yet considered the costs of the recall.
GM argues that its Takata inflators are unique in design and therefore do not pose a safety risk. In addition to this, data shown by GM demonstrated that there were no cases of an airbag rupturing among 44,000 deployments in large GM pickups and SUVs that contain Takata inflators.
GM trucks and large SUVs contain Takata inflators which are installed in the vehicle in such a manner that exposure to moisture is minimized as a result.