General Motors is adding another 1.9 million vehicles to the Takata airbag recall, even though the automaker says it thinks the airbags are safe.
The company said in a statement that would start the recall process in cooperation with the government, even though it doesn’t believe the trucks pose an unreasonable safety risk. The new recalls are part of an expanded recall ordered by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration last month.
GM’s preliminary recall covers certain 2007-2011 pickups and SUVs including: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Avalanche, Tahoe and Suburban; GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon and Yukon XL; Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT and Escalade ESV; and 2009-2011 Silverado and Sierra 2500 and 3500 pickups.
In its statement, the automaker says it plans to provide “additional test data, analysis or other relevant and appropriate evidence in support of its belief that these GM vehicles do not pose an unreasonable risk to safety.”
So why is GM so sure these specific Takata-made airbags won’t explode due to a chemical breakdown that occurs over time in certain hot and humid conditions?
Well, the automaker its airbags were engineered specifically for GM vehicles. So the automaker says they have greater venting, unique propellant wafer configurations and machined steel end caps. The inflators are packaged in the instrument panel in such a way as to minimize exposure to moisture from the climate control system. Importantly, these full-size trucks and SUVs have features and attributes that minimize the maximum temperature to which the inflator will be exposed, such as large interior volumes and standard solar-absorbing windshields and side glass.
GM will notify customers with vehicles involved in the recall with next steps, and provide updated information via a customer website, gmtakataairbag.com.