General Motors issued a recall notice for some models of its former brands Saab and Saturn as part of the massive safety campaign forced by Takata’s defective inflators.
The US auto safety regulators announced last month that a new report released by the Japanese auto supplier revealed an additional 5 million affected vehicles by the faulty airbags and that those cars should come back to dealers. The newly massive safety campaign has started with Honda recalling 2.2 million vehicles, a move followed by another notice from the top three German automakers – Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG and BMW AG – each recalling about 850, 000 vehicles with the same inflators. Now, it is General Motor’s turn to take action into this direction, but on a smaller scale. The Detroit-based maker said there will be 180,000 Saab and Saturn vehicles recalled in the United States and another 20,000 in Canada. The models involved are Saab 9-3 from model years 2003 to 2011 and Saab 9-5 from 2010 and 2011 model years, as well as Saturn Astras from 2008 and 2009 model years. All these vehicles have Takata PSDI-5 front driver-side air bag inflators.
No injuries, deaths or inadvertent ruptures of airbags in these cars have been reported, but at least 10 deaths have been linked to Takata’s explosive inflators, all but one of them in a Honda model. Takata said that there was another incident in August, in India, involving a 2007 Honda Civic, but it is not clear if the rupture caused the death of the driver. If is to be confirmed, that could be the 11th death worldwide attributed to this deadly issue.