General Motors recalls nearly one million cars due to safety concerns over airbags

GM recalls 1 million cars for airbag safety concerns

【PhoneAuto News】Recently, PhoneAuto noticed that according to information disclosed in documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on May 12th, a total of 67 million airbag inflators produced by ARC Automotive in Knoxville, Tennessee should be immediately recalled. From 2009 to March of this year, the company has had at least nine incidents of inflator ruptures resulting in injuries, including two deaths.

Currently, at least a dozen automakers use these inflators produced by ARC Automotive, including General Motors, Stellantis, Volkswagen, and Hyundai. General Motors’ recall involves approximately 995,000 Buick Enclaves, Chevrolet Traverses, and GMC Acadias from 2014 to 2017.

However, ARC Automotive stated in its letter to regulatory agencies that it is too early to initiate a large-scale recall and it will continue to cooperate with the investigation, but does not believe that NHTSA can force it to implement a safety recall. General Motors, on the other hand, stated in the documents that it became aware of a report in March that the airbag inflator of a 2017 Chevrolet Traverse ruptured when it deployed during an accident.

According to official financial data, in the fourth quarter of 2022, General Motors’ revenue was $43.1 billion (approximately RMB 300 billion), a year-on-year increase of 28.4%; net profit attributable to shareholders was $2 billion (approximately RMB 13.9 billion), a year-on-year increase of 14.8%. In the full year of 2022, General Motors’ revenue was $156.7 billion (equivalent to approximately RMB 1.09 trillion), a year-on-year increase of 23.4%.

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