General Motors (GM) has recalled nearly 1 million of its vehicles due to the risk of the driver’s-side air bag inflators exploding during use.
Alex Ansley, the chief of the Recall Management Division of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said in a letter to GM on Friday that it acknowledged GM’s announcement that it was issuing a recall for certain models of Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia from 2014 to 2017.
The company found that the air bag inflator in these vehicles could explode during deployment due to a manufacturing defect, which could cause sharp metal shards to strike the driver or other rides.
Car dealers were ordered to replace the air bag module in vehicles free of charge, and to send letters to inform owners by June 26.
GM said in a post on its website that Takata, the airbag manufacturer, determined that the propellant in the inflators could degrade after prolonged exposure to high levels of humidity and temperature cycling.
The Hill has reached out to GM for comment.
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