GM Issues Preliminary Airbag Recall for 2007-2011 Fullsize Trucks, SUVs
Company Believes Vehicles “Do Not Pose Unreasonable Safety Risk”
The saga that is the Takata airbag inflator recall continues, this time affecting 2007-2011 General Motors fullsize trucks and SUVs, which include the Chevrolet Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, and Avalanche; the GMC Sierra, Yukon, and Yukon XL; and the Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, and EXT. GM says its required by NHTSA to initiate recalls for vehicles equipped with Takata inflators. Due to the unique design made specific to GM, the company says it does not believe the vehicles pose “an unreasonable risk to safety.”
Of the models in the year range affected, there have been 44,000 recorded airbag deployments, and GM says it is not aware of any reported inflator ruptures among any of those vehicles. Among the unique features of the GM-specific inflators are increased venting, unique propellant wafer configurations, and machined steel end caps. The packaging of the inflators within the dashboard minimizes potential exposure to moisture from the climate control system. The larger interior volumes of the vehicles, as well as the tinted glass also help reduce interior temperatures.
As part of its proactive steps to address the issue, GM is conducting an ongoing environmental conditioning study to simulate long-term temperature cycling and exposure to humidity. GM will notify owners of next steps and provide information on the recall on gmtakataairbag.com.
Source: General Motor