General Motors is currently recalling its full-size heavy duty pickup trucks because of a problem with the Takata airbag inflator.
There are a total of 330,198 vehicles affected by this problem in the United States alone, 39,630 examples in Canada and 4,887 which have been exported. The total number of units stands at 374,715 and it includes the 2007 and 2008 model year Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The recall has been announced because of the passenger side front airbag which, because of the moisture intrusion, its deployment may be affected and this could increase the risk of serious injury or death in the event of an impact.
“The affected vehicles are equipped with a passenger side frontal air bag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger’s frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death”, says the NHTSA in its summary and consequence of the problem.
Owners of these vehicle will be notified by General Motors and the carmaker’s dealers will be replacing the front passenger airbag inflator, free of charge. A notifications schedule hasn’t been provided at this time but the NHTSA did announce that the affected models are the 2007-2008 Silverado 2500 HD and 3500 HD, made between November 28, 2006, to August 29, 2008, and the Sierra 2500 HD and 3500 HD put together between November 27, 2006, and August 29, 2008. For extra details on the topic, owners can contact the Chevrolet Customer Service at 1-800-222-1020, the GMC Customer Service at 1-800-462-8782 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236.