General Motors Co. will recall 7 million vehicles worldwide with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The recall is expected to cost the Detroit automaker $1.2 billion. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said GM must recall 5.9 million 2007-2014 model year trucks and SUVs because the inflators “are at risk of the same type of explosion after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity as other recalled Takata inflators.” GM has estimated it would cost $1.2 billion if it were required to replace air bag inflators it had sought to avoid fixing. GM said that it will recall 7 million vehicles worldwide, including 544,000 in Canada. The company had argued the recalls were unnecessary because they did not pose a safety risk. GM said yesterday that it still believed “a recall of these vehicles is not warranted based on the factual and scientific record.” The company said it “will abide by NHTSA’s decision and begin taking the necessary steps.” The defect, which leads in rare instances to air bag inflators rupturing and sending potentially deadly metal fragments flying — especially after long-term exposure to high humidity — prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S. history of more than 63 million inflators. Worldwide, about 100 million inflators by 19 major automakers have been recalled.Being sued? Contact our office at 816-524-4949 or you can visit our website at hoorfarlaw.com to schedule an appointment.
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