The problem affects the front passenger-side airbag and is linked to the passenger airbag suppression (PPS) system, which was manufactured by IEE Sensing Inc. That system determines whether an adult is sitting in the passenger’s seat and turns on or off the airbags accordingly.
Unfortunately, one of that system’s key sensors can become damaged over time. NHTSA’s defect notice explains…
More than 1 million GM vehicles could suffer leaks that lead to engine fires. The recall is significant because many of the vehicles included were already part of recalls from years ago. Recalled models include the Chevrolet Impala, Lumina and Monte Carlo, as well as the Pontiac Grand Prix, Oldsmobile Intrigue and Buick Regal. Model years range from 1997 to 2004.
Since the affected vehicles could catch fire, a rep for the manufacturer said owners may be ordered not to park indoors. Previous recall remedies may not have fixed the problem, causing valve leaks. Nearly 20 injuries have been traced to this issue since 2009, but no official remedy has been announced.
All told, the new recall will include 1.41 million vehicles around the world. More than 1,300 fires have been linked to this problem, including in vehicles that were previously repaired.
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Detroit, MI — June 30, 2015 — Major manufacturers have been adding more vehicles to the recall numbers in light of the Takata airbag inflator difficulties. According to the Associated Press, General Motors is one of these companies, including hundreds of thousands of Pontiac Vibes from across North America produced within a four year period in their recall.
As with the other Takata recalls, the reason for this one remains the same: airbag inflators could explode, sending dangerous shrapnel into the vehicle’s interior that could hurt the passengers, perhaps fatally.
A total of more than 243,000 Vibes have been included in this recall, which the source says were co-designed by Toyota. That company has also undertaken a further expansion of its original Takata airbag recall by adding millions of vehicles to it earlier this month.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also recently announced that it had successfully tracked every vehicle with a defective Takata airbag system installed and uploaded Vehicle Identification Numbers for easy reference. Anthony Fox, the United States Secretary of Transportation, recently said that this tool will play a role in addressing the amount of vehicles out there that still have these faulty systems installed.
“An informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired,” he said. “NHTSA’s VIN search tool at safercar.gov makes it easy for consumers to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall, and to take action in getting the air bags replaced.”
Functioning recall systems effectively communicate relevant information so dealers and consumers will benefit and be able to reduce the possible amount of further accidents. Even though the investigation into Takata-related problems seems ongoing, proper recall action can be a sort of antidote to the increasing number of cars added to the effort.
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General Motors is recalling hundreds of thousands of trucks as the fallout from the Takata air bag investigations continues.
[marker] According to the NHTSA, the manufacturer is recalling more than 374,000 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks around the world, the majority of which are in the United States. This is yet another response to concerns over airbag inflator mechanisms produced by Takata Corporation.
[marker] The manufacturer announced that it is banning the use of ammonium nitrate in inflators in the future. The risk centers around the potential for improper inflators to explode during a crash and possibly harm occupants.
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