General Motors To Recall 2.5 Million Vehicles In China Over Faulty Airbags

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General Motors and its joint venture in China, Shanghai GM, will recall more than 2.5 million vehicles due to faulty airbag inflators, China’s top quality watchdog as said.

The U.S automaker will recall more than 2.5 million vehicles in China over concerns about airbags made by troubled Japanese giant Takata, Chinese authorities said, dealing a blow to the company in the world’s largest car market.

The vehicles are equipped with airbag inflators produced by troubled Japanese manufacturer Takata Corp 7312.T, according to the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ).

GM and Shanghai GM will start withdrawing vehicles fitted with the potentially defective airbags beginning next month and will include Chevrolet and Buick cars, China’s top consumer watchdog said. They will replace the faulty airbags for free.

Takata Airbag Issues

The recall, announced by the administration on Friday, followed a similar recall last week by Volkswagen and its Chinese joint ventures involving 4.86 million vehicles in China due to potential issues with Takata air bags.

General Motors has a long-standing presence in the country, where last year it sold 3.87 million vehicles making the second-largest foreign manufacturer in the country, behind Volkswagen.

In China, the recalls include 37 manufacturers and more than 20 million vehicles, of which 24 carmakers had recalled 10.59 million units by the end of June. China is a crucial market for leading international carmakers.

Takata has recalled about 100 million airbags produced for some of the world’s largest automakers, including about 70 million in the U.S, because of the risk that they could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially firing deadly shrapnel at the occupants. The defect has been linked to 16 deaths and scores of injuries globally.

Takata air bags have been linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries globally. The air bags have the potential to explode with too much force and spray shrapnel. The defect led to the biggest recall in automotive history and the eventual bankruptcy of the Japanese maker.

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