Takata airbag recall expands & GM recalling more than 3,000 vehicles for airbags and ignition switches


GM has decided to recall 395 certain 2015 Buick Lacrosse, Cadillac XTS, Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Malibu, and GMC Terrain vehicles in association with the Takata airbag mess.

The airbags affected are the front seat side impact airbags.

For more information on this recall – GM recall number 01320 – please call Buick customer service 800-521-7300, Chevrolet customer service 800-222-1020, Cadillac customer service 800-458-8006, or GMC customer service 800-462-8782.

GM is also recalling approximately 3,300 big trucks and SUVs, mainly in North America, due to faulty ignition switches. They can cause the engine to turn off, causing loss of power steering, power brakes, and possible airbags.

The affected vehicles are some 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra light-duty pickups, 2015 heavy-duty pickups, and 2015 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe SUVs.

GM has said five reports of engine shut-off have been made, but no crashes or injuries reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration held a public meeting today to announce the Takata Coordinated Remedy Program.

The Takata list was expanded back on September 16, yet only now, a month and change later, are they finally explaining what they’re doing about it. There are three groups of risk: Group 1 – Priority 1, have the highest chance of rupture due to age and high absolute humidity, or HAH; Group 2 – Priority 2, less chance of rupture due to age and HAH; Group 3 – Priority 3, least chance of rupture due to age and HAH. The counts for each group are as follows:

Group 1: 6 million vehicles

Group 2: 11 million vehicles

Group 3: 2 million vehicles

These counts are across all 12 affected manufacturers. Group 1 will be remedied first, since they have the highest chance of rupture; the other groups follow. Kits are coming from multiple manufacturers and being funneled through Takata to be put together in packages and sent off to manufacturers, then to the dealers for installation. Kits are all necessary parts for each inflator, be it driver or passenger. All systems are also vehicle specific, so manufacturers have to determine which kit goes to which vehicle. The NHTSA is also monitoring all kits from all kit manufacturers to the automakers.

As of 10/9/15 only 29.5% of HAH vehicles have had the repair completed, and 22.5% is the national completion rate.

For more information visit http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/index.html. This is a Takata dedicated part of the site, specific to only Takata information. You can also check you VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) here as well, so you can call your dealer and schedule your repair.

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