NHTSA Releases Final Decision, Orders GM To Recall Takata Airbags
GM will now officially replace reportedly defective Takata airbags in its vehicle models, which are expected to benefit millions of vehicle owners.
According to the latest decision released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), GM is responsible for the recall and replacement of defective airbags in its Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac truck and SUV offerings.
An estimated of more than 5.9 million car owners in the United States will be affected by this news of a recall.
GM Defective Takata Airbags Recall Details
According to online reports, GM will send out notices to affected vehicle owners next month in accordance with the NHTSA’s decision. Replacement parts are not yet available.
Nevertheless, customers are advised by the company to continue driving with their GM vehicle because it is still deemed safe to use.
The vehicles that are affected by the recall are listed below:
- Cadillac Escalade and Escalade ESV SUVs (2007 to 2014 models);
- Cadillac Escalade EXT pickup trucks (2007 to 2013 models);
- Chevrolet Avalanche pickup trucks (2007 to 2013 models);
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500, 25000, and 3500 pickup trucks (2007 to 2014 models);
- Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban SUVs (2007 to 2014 models);
- GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 pickup trucks (2007 to 2014 models);
- And, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL SUVs (2007 to 2014 models)
If you own any car that is the same model as the list above, you are eligible for a free replacement of your car’s Takata airbag.
You do not have to file any claim as the list of benefactors will be determined by GM.
You will be alerted by GM via first-class mail informing you that you are qualified to avail of the replacement program.
A follow-up notification will be sent out once the replacement parts are made available.
Some customers will be prioritized based on their location and the age of their vehicle.
Dealerships will provide alternate modes of transportation for the affected customer, free of charge, while their vehicle is undergoing repairs.
Why The Recall?
The recall came after four years of back and forth banter between GM administrators and officials from the NHTSA.
The car company has argued to the agency that the Takata airbags it has installed on its vehicles are different from past airbag recalls of the same airbag brand.
Yet, in its decision, the NHTSA has stressed that the recall should push through.
It also pointed out that the company has understated the probability of the Takata airbags undergoing a rupture failure through its reported internal testing and risk calculation test results.
The agency has also mentioned the vehicles’ age as another major factor to push the company to start with the recall right away.
GM has disagreed with the released NHTSA decision, but they have assured that they are currently taking the necessary steps to initiate the recall.
Editor’s Note on GM Recalls Takata Airbags:
This news article is published to inform you of the latest ordered recall GM will undertake in more than 5.9 million of its customers.
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