General Motors, LLC is recalling approximately 7,000,000 vehicles worldwide to replace the potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflator. The recall comes after the U.S. government instructed GM to recall 6,000,000 vehicles in the United States. GM had previously contended the air bag inflator has been tested to be safe, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration denied GM’s petitions. GM stated it disagrees with NHTSA’s decision based upon its own testing that none of the air bag inflators had blown apart, but will abide by the decision to avoid a long fight with the government.
Exploding Takata air bag inflators caused the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history, with at least 63 million inflators recalled. The U.S. government says that more than 11.1 million vehicles still have not been fixed. To date, approximately 100 million air bag inflators have been recalled worldwide. Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill air bags in a crash, however the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to heat and humidity and can explode with too much pressure, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel.
Drivers can check to see if their vehicles have been recalled by going to https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and keying in their vehicle identification number.
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