Vehicle recalls related to defective Takata airbag inflators are still ongoing, as another automaker announces the latest wave of recalls.
GM Canada has recalled more than 470,000 full-size pickups and SUVs to replace their potentially dangerous airbag inflators. The inflators use a propellant that could degrade after long exposure to high absolute humidity and high temperatures – and could unexpectedly cause the airbag inflator to explode, sending sharp metal fragments flying into the vehicle’s cabin.
The issue was first discovered in 2013, when a series of deaths and injuries were linked the defective inflators. Since then, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has ordered an ongoing recall of over 42 million cars in the US.
GM Canada’s recall is the latest in a long series of recalls. Vehicles affected by the recall are from the 2007 to the 2014 model years. The specific makes and models being recalled are:
- Chevy Silverado
- Chevy Silverado HD
- Chevy Avalanche
- Chevy Tahoe
- Chevy Suburban
- GMC Sierra
- GMC Sierra HD
- GMC Yukon
- GMC Yukon XL
- Cadillac Escalade
- Cadillac Escalade ESV
- Cadillac Escalade EXT
In total, some 470,596 GM pickups and SUVs in Canada are being recalled.
Online blog GMAuthority.com reported that GM Canada will notify owners of affected vehicles. They will be encouraged to visit their dealer, who will replace the front passenger airbag inflator with an alternate one. The replacements will be performed at no additional cost to the owners.