GM Forced to Recall 7 Million Vehicles for Defective Takata Airbags
On November 23rd, 2020, in a ground-breaking decision by the United States Government, automotive industry giant General Motors (GM) was ordered by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to recall nearly 7 million pickup trucks and SUVs due to their ongoing issues with defective and deadly airbag inflators produced by Takata, a now-defunct Japanese car parts manufacturer.
According to the worldwide announcement made this past Monday, General Motors Corporation has been ordered by the U.S. Government and the NHTSA to recall and repair faulty Takata airbag inflators in their most popular lines of pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles. Reports indicate that when these defective airbag inflators are exposed to extreme temperatures, they have been known to randomly explode and spray metal shards and shrapnel throughout the vehicle. Several victims have suffered serious, life-altering injuries from these airbags, including permanent blindness and severe full-body damage and scarring. Additionally, seventeen people in the United States have been killed due to this dangerous defect.
The company will now spend approximately $1.2 billion to rectify this situation, however, General Motors Corporation continues to stand by the belief that their vehicles are safe for consumers, and admits no fault or wrongdoing when it comes to the injuries and deaths related to the defective Takata airbag inflators. “We believe a recall of these vehicles is not warranted based on the factual and scientific record. However, we will abide by NHTSA’s decision and begin taking the necessary steps,” a GM spokesperson said in a statement to the press.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated that the airbag recall effects the 2007-2014 version of the following pickup trucks and SUVs:
- Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV, Cadillac Escalade EXT
- Chevrolet Avalanche
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500
- Chevrolet Suburban
- Chevrolet Tahoe
- GMC Sierra 1500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500
- GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL
Consumers are asked to visit the official NHTSA website to entire their vehicle’s VIN number for additional information on how to proceed with this recall.
If you have been injured after defective Takata airbag deployment, please contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. We have been representing the victims of faulty automobile parts & products for over forty years. Call 877-FL-INJURY to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation.
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