General Motors has issued a recall on roughly six million pickup trucks and SUVs in the United States to replace Takata airbag inflators.
The problem: affected vehicles may be equipped with Takata airbag inflators that use a 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 more reactive, which can cause the airbag inflator to explode and send sharp metal fragments in the direction of vehicle occupants.
The hazards: the metal fragments from the airbag explosion may strike the driver or cabin occupants, resulting in either serious injury or death. Tens of millions of vehicles from various manufacturers have been subject to recall due to these faulty airbag inflators. Globally, at least 26 people have died and several hundred have been injured as a result of the faulty Takata inflators.
The fix: GM 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 wide variety of large GM trucks and SUVs are involved in this recall campaign, which range from the 2007 to the 2014 model year. 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: 5,953,594 vehicles are affected by this round of Takata-related recalls.
Affected components: airbag inflator(s).
Next steps: GM will notify owners of affected vehicles and instruct them to make an appointment with their dealer. Interim letters notifying owners of the safety risk posed by this problem are expected to be mailed beginning March 1st, 2021. Second notification letters will be mailed once repair parts are available. GM vehicle owners can also visit my.gm.com/
- NHTSA Campaign Numbers: 21V050000, 21V051000, 21V052000, 21V053000, 21V054000
- GM recall numbers: N212328760, 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
- NHTSA Toll Free: 1-888-327-4236
- NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
This recall comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered GM to issue a recall on certain vehicles it had produced with the Takata airbag inflators. The automaker argued the recall was “not warranted based on the factual and scientific record,” it had established and said it disagreed with NHTSA’s position on the matter.