General Motors Will Recall 5.9 Million Vehicles

General Motors will recall 5.9 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators after a United States safety agency announced on Monday morning it had rejected the American automaker’s petition to avoid the callback.

General Motors will recall 5.9 million vehicles with potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators after a United States safety agency announced on Monday morning it had rejected the American automaker’s petition to avoid the callback.

In a statement, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that General Motors must recall the 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.”

According to a Bloomberg report, the company has estimated in securities filings it would cost $1.2 billion if it were required to replace airbag inflators it had sought to avoid fixing. The automaker had argued the recalls were unnecessary because they did not pose a safety risk.

General Motors said on Monday morning it still believed “a recall of these vehicles is not warranted based on the factual and scientific record.” The automaker also pointed out it “will abide by NHTSA’s decision and begin taking the necessary steps.”


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