Yesterday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted recalls affecting nearly 1.5 million U.S. vehicles equipped with Takata’s fatally flawed airbags. Soon afterward, Ford added 1.9 million more vehicles to the recall roster.
Today, General Motors has issued its own preliminary Takata-related recall. It marks the first time that such a recall has affected the Cadillac lineup.
As with all of yesterday’s recalls, GM’s involve Takata’s passenger-side airbags, which use ammonium nitrate to inflate the devices during collisions. Exposure to heat and moisture can cause that compound to become destabilized, resulting in an explosion when the airbags deploy. Such incidents have pelted vehicle occupants with shrapnel, causing at least 11 deaths and hundreds of injuries around the world.
GM pickups and SUVs affected by today’s recall include:
- 2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade
- 2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade EXT
- 2007 – 2011 Cadillac Escalade ESV
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Avalance
- 2007 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- 2009 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
- 2009 – 2011 Chevrolet Silverado