As of 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that nearly 2-million General Motors (GM) vehicles, including Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Pontiac, Saturn, and Saab, are subject to recall due to defective and potentially deadly airbags manufactured by the Takata Corporation, which have already claimed several lives and resulted in hundreds of serious injuries. This is a direct consequence of the nationwide GM Takata Airbag Recall, which so far, along with the recalls of several other auto manufacturers, affects approximately 42-million vehicles, making it the largest recall in U.S history. It is estimated that the number of vehicles affected will jump to approximately 90-million vehicle’s by the year 2020!
The GM airbags that are being recalled are due to Takata’s unsafe use of ammonium nitrate, a propellant commonly used in explosive devices which, after exposure to moisture in areas with high heat, can destabilize over time and explode, sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle (even in minor accidents). Coupled with a defective design in the metal housing chamber, this creates a very serious safety issue that can result in blindness, wounds, lacerations, disfigurement, and even death.
Although the airbags are dangerous, replacing the Takata airbags in General Motors vehicles will be difficult to accomplish in a timely manner due to the millions of other vehicles also subject to the Takata airbag recall. This doesn’t even count the recall of another 2.5 million vehicles that General Motors petitioned to delay in 2016, including 2007 to 2011 model year Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups. GM believes that these vehicles are still safe for at least another 3.5 years, and NHTSA has given them until August 2017 to conduct testing and prove their claim.
Even worse, some GM vehicles may have only received an “interim remedy,” in which the recalled airbag device were replaced with the exact same defective components, the only difference being a “fresher” ammonium nitrate. Although this does “temporarily” decrease the likelihood of a deadly explosion, General Motors will again need to recall these airbags as they will ultimately be just as dangerous as the ones they replaced. As such, the NHTSA has already ordered that Takata phase out the use of their defective airbags by 2020, and has announced that GM and any other manufacturers performing an interim remedy, will need to replace these temporary fixes before their vehicles are actually safe to drive.
GM is working with multiple suppliers to implement final repairs, although it is unclear whether they are continuing to use Takata’s ammonium nitrate propellant. Ultimately, it depends on the vehicle model and the number of vehicles affected. Some remedies that are being installed by other manufacturers still use Takata inflators containing ammonium nitrate along with a cautionary desiccant that absorbs moisture in the system. Desiccants, however, can only hold a limited amount of water, and testing is underway to see if they can even be considered a permanent remedy. If Takata fails to prove that ammonium nitrate with desiccant can furnish safe and secure airbags, then tens of millions of vehicles will be recalled once again.
The following is a list of General Motors vehicles that are likely to have a Takata airbag installed: Chevrolet
- 2007-2013 Avalanche
- 2007-2014 Silverado HD
- 2007-2013 Silverado LD
- 2007-2014 Suburban
- 2007-2014 Tahoe
- 2007-2014 Sierra HD
- 2007-2013 Sierra LD
- 2007-2014 Yukon
- 2007-2014 Yukon XL
- 2007-2014 Escalade
- 2007-2014 Escalade ESV
- 2007-2013 Escalade EXT
- 2003-2010 Vibe
- 2008-2009 Astra
- 2005-2006 9-2x
- 2006-2011 9-3
- 2006-2009 9-5
Takata may not be the only company liable for installing the defective and deadly airbags. In fact, Autoliv, another airbag supplier, claims that they warned GM about the dangers of using ammonium nitrate when Takata first developed their design in the late 1990s. Investigations are now underway to see whether General Motors concealed awareness of the defect and if they should be held accountable for damages as well.
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