GM calls for recall of 7M vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags


DETROIT (AP) – General Motors will recall 7 million large pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace the potentially dangerous Takata Air Belt Belt.

On Monday after the announcement, the US government told the automaker that it had to recall 6 million vehicles in the US

GM says it will not contest the decision, although it believes the vehicles are safe. The company will have an estimated $ 1.2 billion in revenue this year, which is about a third of its net income this year.

The automaker petitioned the agency four times since 2016 to avoid the recall, stating that air bag inflator canisters have been safe on the road and in testing. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday denied these petitions, saying there was still a danger of explosives burst.

The owners complained to NHTSA that the company was making profits on security.

The explosion of Takata Infloters resulted in the largest series of auto recall in American history, recalling at least 63 million installers. The US government says that as of September, no more than 11.1 million were fixed. Around 100 million inflators have been recalled worldwide.

Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to make a small explosion to fill air bags in an accident. But chemicals can deteriorate when exposed to heat and humidity, and they can explode with too much pressure, tear apart the metal canister and splatter.

Twenty-seven people have died worldwide, including 18 in the US

Monday’s decision of NHTSA is a major step in bringing the saga to a close. This means that all Tamata ammonium nitrate inflowers in the US will be recalled, NHTSA said. Earlier this year, the agency decided to recall one of the inflowers with a moisture-absorbing chemical called Decantent. NHTSA said it would monitor those people and take action if problems arise.

GM will recall full-size pickup trucks and SUVs during the 2007 to 2014 model years, including the Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups. The Silverado is GM’s best-selling vehicle and the second-best-selling vehicle in the US. This includes Coverlet Suburban, Tahoe and Avalanche, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Sierra 1500, 2500 and 3500 and GMC Yukon.

It took the agency more than four years to arrive at its decision, which marks the end of President Donald Trump’s four-year term.

NHTSA said in a prepared statement that it analyzed all the data available on the air bags, including engineering and statistical analysis, aging tests and field data.

“Based on this information and the information provided to the public docket of the petition, NHTSA has concluded that the GM inverter under consideration is at risk of the same type of explosion after prolonged exposure to high heat and humidity, as That other recalled Takata infloters “stated.

The statement said that the company has 30 days to deliver the proposed program to NHTSA to notify and recall the vehicle owners.

GM said that although it believes the recall has not been warranted on the basis of factual and scientific records, it will follow the NHTSA decision.

Spokesperson Dan Flores said on Monday that no territorial field or laboratory tests have been isolated. But he said GM wanted to avoid a drawn-out battle with the government.

“While we believe GMT900s do not pose undue risks to the inflower safety in vehicles, they will continue to perform as designed in the field and will continue to perform as designed by the results of our accelerated aging study.” By NHTSA’s decision to uphold the trust and confidence of customers and regulators, ”he said in an email.

In the 2019 petition for NHTSA, GM stated that the inflowers were designed to its specifications and are safe, with around 67,000 air bags deployed to the field even when there is no explosion. It has been said that the inflowers have large vents and steel end caps to strengthen them.

But Takata declared the GM Front Passenger Inflotator defective under a 2015 agreement with the government.

In its petition, GM stated that Northrop Grumman tested 4,270 inflators by artificially added humidity and temperature cycling, and there were no explosions or unusual deployments.

However, NHTSA hired air bag chemical expert Harold Blomkvist, who holds 25 air bag patents, to review the data, and he concluded that the GM air bags were similar to other Tacata inflowers that were ripped off.

In the documents, NHTSA said the test results of GM influencers included unusually high-pressure events “indicative of a potential future breakdown risk”. “These findings suggest that GM’s infloters have a similar, if not identical, decline that continues” in other Takata inflighters that have exploded, the agency wrote.

Floors said GM had already purchased 1.6 million replacement inflowers made by ZF-TRW that do not use ammonium nitrate.

Jason Levine, executive director of the nonprofit Center Auto Safety, who opposed GM’s petitions to avoid the recall, said it was a good day for the millions of GM owners who “have to wait four years to make a decision” Had to do, are they driving with an unwritten hand grenade in their steering wheel. ”

GM shares traded up nearly 3% on Monday morning at $ 44.21. The company said the recall would be phased in based on replacement inflator availability, and would cost $ 400 million this year.

Drivers can check to see if their vehicles are recalled by going to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and keying in their 17-digit vehicle identification number.

The previous Takata recalls that the Japanese company went bankrupt and made criminal charges against the company. Eventually it was purchased by a Chinese-owned auto parts supplier.

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