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Takata Saga Continues with Another 200,000 Vehicles Recalled

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that General Motors is recalling nearly 200,000 Saab and Saturn vehicles in the United States and Canada in order to replace the Takata air bag inflators installed on the driver’s side.

Details about the Takata Air Bag Recall

This recent recall is just a part of a larger recall of about 5.4 million other vehicles that were announced last month by safety regulators from the United States. Around the world, at least 10 people have died and another 139 injured when the Takata inflators deployed with too much force and hurled pieces of metal into the passengers and drivers.

The General Motors recall includes the following:

  • Saab 9-3 from 2003 to 2011.
  • Saab 9-5 from 2010 and 2011.
  • Saturn Astra from 2008 and 2009.

Owners of vehicles that have been recalled should expect to receive a letter notifying them of the recalls; however, since some of the parts are not available yet, consumers are being advise to wait for a second letter before taking their cars to the dealers.

GM Responds to Consumer Concerns

Tom Wilkinson, a spokesman for General Motors said that there is no danger in continuing to drive the cars until the owner is able to get the part replaced.

The Saab models that have been recalled were sold in other markets including Europe, and the Astra was sold as an Opel in Europe and other countries.

General Motors sold the Saab brand in 2009 and took over responsibility for administering the recalls. The brand eventually went out of business.

The latest group of recalls was announced by the National highway Traffic Safety Administration on January 22 after a man from South Carolina died when one of the inflators ruptured when he was in a 2006 Ford Ranger. There was also evidence of ruptures on Takata inflators during testing.

The latest group of recalls covers vehicles that were made and distributed by
  • Ford
  • GM
  • Volkswagen
  • BMW
  • Honda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mazda

The Takata air bag recall is the largest automotive recall in United States history, and the federal government is expecting it to continue growing. Around the world, there have already been 50 million inflators that have been under recall. 


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