GM Trying To Avoid Some Takata Recalls For The Fourth Year In A Row

General Motors has filed a petition with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) arguing that some of its vehicles should be excluded from widespread Takata airbag recalls.

The Detroit News reports that the car manufacturer argued for the fourth year in a row that the airbag defects are “inconsequential” to the safety of its pickup truck and SUV models because of “differences in inflator design and vehicle integration.”

GM has requested exemptions for all of the following models from 2010-2014: Cadillac Escalade EXT, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon XL, GMC Yukon, Chevrolet Avalanche, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 1500, and the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

Also Read: GM Wants To Delay Recall Of 1 Million Trucks, SUVs Fitted With Defective Takata Airbags

Millions of Takata airbag inflators have been recalled around the world after it was discovered that a propellant used in the airbags can become unstable and explode with too much force as it ages, throwing metal shrapnel at drivers and passengers. At least 24 people worldwide have been killed by the faulty airbags.

In its petition, General Motors says it has tested 4,270 inflators found in its vehicles and hasn’t seen a single failure. The car manufacturer has issued recalls for 1.4 million vehicles with faulty airbag inflators and repaired 991,343 of them according to the NHTSA.

However, there are concerns among some consumers that their GM vehicles could have potentially deadly airbags which aren’t being repaired. Executive director of the Center for Auto Safety, Jason Levine, says both GM and the NHTSA have a lot to answer for.

“By submitting a fourth request, GM continues to essentially tell the public that their Takata airbags are safe, thus avoiding a recall without making enough information publicly available to prove such a claim. Moreover, NHTSA’s continued failure to rule on the petition keeps 7 million GM owners in limbo.”

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  • Bash

    Typical GM. Living in Denial since 1950

    • Zcat

      Yup. What a misguided waste of heritage.

    • baofe

      You mean living in denali*

      • OdysseyTag

        Beat me to it, dang.

      • Bash

        LOL … You can’t top that.

  • Zcat

    GM? Not the GM that set the foundation for years leading in an honest way, and, giving their best- to become the best.

    Those days are history.

    Kill people, if you must, GM.
    But remember this. Kill too many, and there is no one left buying to keep the lights on.

    This coming from a GM Follower since I was age, three.

    • carlbolt

      Don’t think there have ever been these years.

      • Zcat

        In the 50’s , 60’s, and somewhat, the 70”s, GM was a leader in design. Their passion was reflected in those leading and daring designs. After that, it was all appliances made and designed on the beancounter’s budget dictated by the powers of greed at the top.

        So, yeah. Those days did in fact exist. It’s etched in history, and available to you for more insight on the matter.

  • Mr. EP9

    Unsurprising. This is GM we’re talking about.

  • Enter Ranting

    Raise your hand if you trust GM.

  • DHG2605

    You mean like all the ones over in Europe lying about diesel emissions?

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