GM Recalls 400K Pickups

Air bags can rupture in 2015-16 Chevy and GMC trucks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2021 10:53 AM CDT
GM Recalls 400K Pickups
The Chevrolet logo.   (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks in the US because the side air bags can explode without warning and spew parts into the cabin, per the AP. The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks. US safety regulators say the air bag inflator can rupture, or the end cap can fly off on both sides of the trucks. Safety officials say three inflators ruptured in 2015 Silverados last month, one in Florida and two in Texas. All three trucks were unoccupied at the time, and GM says it has no reports of injuries.

The company says a manufacturing defect allowed moisture into the inflator while it was being manufactured, causing corrosion. The inflators were made in Mexico by Joyson Safety Systems. Dealers will replace both side air bag modules. The company says it has a limited number of replacement parts available. Owners will be notified starting Aug. 16, and they will get a second letter when parts are widely available. About 9,000 of the trucks were recalled last year for the same problem.

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