95.3 / 88.5 FM Grand Rapids and 95.3 FM Muskegon
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

GM to recall 7M vehicles globally to replace Takata air bags

General Motors logo
Wikimedia Commons
/

General Motors will recall about 7 million big pickup trucks and SUVs worldwide to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators.

The move came Monday after the U.S. government told the automaker it had to recall 6 million of the vehicles in the U.S. GM says it will not fight the recall, which will cost $1.2 billion.

The company had petitioned the agency four times starting in 2016 to avoid a recall, contending the inflators are safe.

Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to fill air bags in a crash.

But the chemical can deteriorate and blow apart a metal canister, spewing shrapnel.

Twenty-seven people have been killed worldwide by the exploding inflators.á