General Motors Recalling More Than 400,000 Pickups for Side Airbags That Can Explode

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General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks in the United States because the side airbags could explode without warning and send parts flying in the cabin.

According to an Associated Press news report, the recall covers 410,019 trucks. There are concerns that the roof-rail airbag inflator may deploy without a collision occurring, prompted by a series of accident reports.

This could propel parts into the cabin at high speeds, putting drivers and passengers at risk of major injury.

Details of the Recall

The action was prompted by reports of three vehicles experiencing ruptured airbags in unoccupied vehicles in June 2021. The automaker determined that the cause is corrosion inside the inflator caused by moisture introduced during manufacturing and aggravated by temperature changes in hot regions. This recall notice supersedes a related recall announced November 2020 for the same issue. That recall involved 9,279 trucks.

The inflators in question were made in Mexico by Joyson Safety Systems. When the recall begins in August, dealers will replace both side airbag modules. The company says it has a limited number of replacement parts available. Owners will start getting recall notifications in the mail on Aug. 16 and they will get a second letter when parts are more widely available.

Auto Product Liability Issues

These are no doubt dangerous auto defects that are reminiscent of the Takata airbag recall, which resulted in injuries and deaths in the United States and around the world. When the airbags explode without any warning and sending parts flying in the cabin, they become projectiles that could cause serious injuries or even death to drivers and passengers. In some Takata crashes, vehicle occupants were found to have suffered injuries consistent with stab wounds. Such projectiles also have the potential to cause serious eye and other facial injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an incident caused by a dangerous vehicle or defective auto parts, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.

 

Source: https://www.npr.org/2021/07/09/1014579231/gm-is-recalling-almost-half-a-million-pickups-because-their-side-air-bags-can-ex

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