GM Recalls More 2015 Models Due To Takata Airbags Issue

Posted: Oct 19 2015, 6:28am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 19 2015, 6:52am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles


GM Recalls More 2015 Models due to Takata Airbags Issue
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The safety recall report entitled 573 is calling back 395 new 2015 models with Takata airbags.

General Motors has issued another safety recall due to faulty air bags. The safety recall report is listed as 573. In the recall GM is calling for 395 new vehicles i.e. 2015 models with Takata airbags.

Similarly 3300 pickup trucks and SUVs are listed in the recall report for having faulty ignition switches. It seems the Takata airbag woes of the Detroit based car maker are far from over. 

The recall was announced after some testing at their Mexico facility. GM found the 2015 models of the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Camaro had faults. Even the Malibu, Equinox and GMC Terrain were found to have defects.

The testing found the inflators of the Takata airbags in the vehicles were faulty. The inflators of the Takata airbags had the potential to explode on deployment. If the inflators explode they send pieces of sharp metal across the vehicle's cabin. The shrapnel may prove to be lethal in an accident for passengers. 

"In a testing at the Takata Monclova Mexico inflator plant on Oct. 5, 2015, one side airbag inflator failed a Lot Acceptance Test (LAT) cold-test (-40c)," said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "In this test, certain of the inflator's components separated from each other during deployment, releasing high pressure gas and propelling the separated components apart."

Since 2014 more than 19 million vehicles have been recalled with faulty Takata airbags. 11 automakers were a part of the biggest recall in history. According to the NHTSA the faulty airbags have caused 8 deaths. Additionally a 100 more have been injured due to the exploding inflators. 

Takata had previously claimed the fault was due to the chemical can degrade in high temperatures. GM on the other hand found the inflators can deploy even in low temperature. The NHTSA revealed the airbags failed the (LAT) cold test. 

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