GM, Subaru identify vehicles in Takata recall

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. and Subaru of America Inc. announced new vehicle recalls as part of the ongoing Takata Corp. air bag inflator recall that greatly expanded earlier this month.

GM said Friday it is recalling 374,715 2007-08 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra heavy-duty pickups in the U.S., Canada and other countries to replace front passenger air bag inflators produced by Takata.

Subaru said it is adding about 60,000 vehicles with faulty air bags. They include 2004-05 Subaru Impreza sedans and wagons, and 2005 Saab 9-2x wagons. A Subaru spokesman said the automaker knows of no accidents or injuries.

On Thursday, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. reported vehicles that were part of the expanded recall. Last week, Takata nearly doubled the affected vehicles of its recall, now at 33.8 million. The bags can deploy too forcefully, causing inflators to explode and launch shrapnel. They are linked to at least six deaths and 100 injuries. Eleven automakers are impacted.

GM said in a statement it was unware of any humidity-related ruptures of inflators, and knew of no injuries or fatalities.

The recall of the GM trucks was encouraged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, according to GM’s chronology of the recall posted on the government’s website. GM said it sought clarity from Takata and NHTSA on vehicles with the defective bags, and that NHTSA said it believed all 2007-08 heavy-duty Silverados and Sierras would be subject to the Takata recall.

GM said its recall includes 330,198 heavy-duty pickups across the United States. Dealers will replace the inflator for free, but in a note to dealers issued Thursday, GM says parts are not available. GM spokesman Alan Adler said as of Friday he does not expect GM will have any other Takata air bag recalls.

In a chronology, GM also said it had been investigating the air bags since late October. GM said about 36,000 passenger Takata air bags had deployed in its vehicles due to accidents but it found no evidence of “any humidity-related ruptures in Takata air bags in GM vehicles.”

Subaru said it notified its dealers on May 20 and that Subaru is in the process of getting updated registration data. A filing with NHTSA showed a total callback of 81,000 vehicles, as the company expanded a limited regional recall to a national recall.

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