General Motors has announced that it will recall 7 million Takata airbags due to a defect in the airbags’ inflators.
The recall covers certain pickup truck and SUV models, including 6 million vehicles in the United States and a total of 7 million across the globe. ABCNews.go.com reports that GM has been working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for years to avoid a recall, claiming that the airbag inflator canisters have been proven safe in testing. But the NHTSA recently told the automaker that the risk is too great and that it must issue the recall.
Takata airbags have been the subject of the largest auto recalls in history. At least 63 million have been recalled in the U.S., and 100 million have been recalled worldwide. The airbags have a defect that can cause them to explode violently, ripping their housing apart and pelting the driver or passenger with shrapnel. Investigators say that the airbags are especially dangerous when placed in damp or humid environments.
Takata airbags have killed at least 18 people in the U.S. and 28 people worldwide.
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