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General Motors is Questioning The Takata Airbag Recall

General Motors is being accused of putting profits before customer safety by questioning the government's recall of certain makes and models of its vehicles

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - The largest automotive recall in US history is currently underway with a scope of over 50 million vehicles. The reason for the recall is that certain makes and models have installed the Takata airbag which has been demonstrated to explode unpredictably, killing and maiming the drivers and passengers in the vehicle. To date, 25 people have died and hundreds more seriously injured by metal debris shot throughout the passenger cabin when the Takata airbag deploys. The vast majority of auto manufacturers are doing everything they can to comply with the orders of the Federal government to find and replace every affected vehicle with the exception of one company.

General Motors is fighting the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) and claiming that the agency has overstepped its recall authority. General Motors has filed a petition with the agency asking that certain makes and models of its vehicles be taken off of the Takata airbag recall list pending further study and evidence that the vehicle's airbags are likely to malfunction. According to, the list of vehicles that GM feels do not belong in the recall include, "Chevrolet Silverados, Sierras, Avalanche pickups, Tahoes, Suburbans, Yukons, and Cadillac Escalades." The petition was filed on January 2, 2018."

GM customers are worried that the petition is designed to delay the costs that the company would incur to replace the defective airbags and that GM has no intention of ever complying with the recall. One customer interviewed said, "They are dumping paperwork on the Federal government and playing the system to avoid the cost of replacing the airbags." If a General Motor's vehicle owner goes to the GM website to check to see if their vehicle is one that is being recalled, the site will return a positive response that their vehicle is on the recall list but that the company disagrees with Takata's assessment that the airbags in that vehicle are necessarily defective. The site goes on to explain that if further General Motors studies indicate the need to replace the airbag that they will be sent a notice to do so. An attorney interviewed by, representing the estate of a deceased GM vehicle owner that died as a result of an exploding Takata airbag shooting metal shards into her neck and causing her to bleed to death, claims that the GM vehicles on the NHTSA exclusion list have the same propellant chemical as that which has malfunctioned before. Ammonium nitrate tends to degrade at high temperatures and humidity and can explode unpredictably and with greater force than other airbag propellants. The attorney was quoted by as saying: "Frankly what GM is doing is waiting for more incidents to happen," adding, "Every airbag that Takata made which has ammonium nitrate in it as an inflator, is going to fail." For more information about Takata airbag recall claims from Lawyers Handling Takata airbag lawsuits .

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