More than 470,000 full-size GM pickups and SUVs have been recalled in Canada to replace potentially hazardous Takata airbag inflators.
The problem: affected vehicles are equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use a particular phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate (PSAN) propellant. This propellant may degrade after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures and temperature cycling. If this happens, the propellant may become unstable, which can cause the airbag inflator to explode and send sharp metal fragments into the cabin toward vehicle occupants.
The hazards: if the vehicle is involved in a crash that deploys the airbags and the airbag explodes, occupants could be struck by the metal debris, which can result in serious injury or death.
The fix: GM Canada will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with an alternate one. These repairs will be performed at no cost to the vehicle owner.
Affected vehicles: a rather large variety of full-size GM pickups and SUVs are affected by this recall, which range from the 2007 to 2014 model years. They include the following makes and models:
- Chevy Silverado
- Chevy Silverado HD
- Chevy Avalanche
- Chevy Tahoe
- Chevy Suburban
- GMC Sierra
- GMC Sierra HD
- GMC Yukon
- GMC Yukon XL
- Cadillac Escalade
- Cadillac Escalade ESV
- Cadillac Escalade EXT
Number of affected vehicles: 470,596 GM pickups and SUVs are affected by this problem in Canada.
Affected components: airbag inflator.
Next steps: GM Canada will notify owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to make an appointment with their dealer. GM vehicle owners can also visit my.gm.com/
- Transport Canada Recall Numbers: 2021-026, 2021-025, 2021-027, 2021-028
- GM recall numbers: N212328770, N212328780, N212328790, N212328800
- Chevrolet Customer Service: 1-800-222-1020
- GMC Customer Service: 1-800-462-8782
- Cadillac Customer Service: 1-877-248-2080