Earlier this year, General Motors (GM) announced a preliminary recall for 1.9 million vehicles with Takata airbag inflators. But then, a couple months later, they decided that recalling some of those vehicles wasn’t necessary.
Researchers have found a combination of age, moisture, and high temperatures can make the ammonium nitrate inside of Takata airbag inflators unstable, causing them to explode in a dangerous way.
“[GM’s] petition says the inflator in a GM vehicle is different than what is found in cars from other automakers, primarily because of how the inflator is packed in the instrument panel to protect the ammonium nitrate from moisture.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has two words for GM – and unfortunately not the ones you’re probably thinking – prove it.
If the automaker can prove by August 31, 2017 that their passenger-side inflators are safe, they won’t be required to issue a recall for 2.5 million vehicles.