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GM has at least 20M vehicles built with possible dangerous airbag part: report

GM reportedly has at least 20 million vehicles built with an airbag part that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says is potentially dangerous.

General Motors reportedly has at least 20 million vehicles built with an airbag part that the government says should be recalled before more people are hurt or killed.

While the exact total of affected GM vehicles has not been disclosed publicly, the figure puts the automaker in the crosshairs of U.S. safety regulators who recommend the recall of 52 million airbag inflators designed by Tennessee-based auto supplier ARC Automotive, according to The Wall Street Journal. The outlet cited sources familiar with the matter.

The inflator can explode with too much force during a crash, sending pieces of metal into the air that strike occupants in the face and neck, according to the Journal. At least two people have been killed, and several others injured in these incidents, the outlet reported.

According to the paper, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not said how many vehicles or models would be recalled.


NHTSA held a public meeting on Thursday, determining that the airbag parts are defective and should be recalled. In April, the safety agency sent a letter to ARC demanding a recall for the inflators, according to the report.

"GM believes the evidence and data presented by NHTSA at this time does not provide a basis for any recall beyond the approximately 1 million ARC inflators GM has already recalled out of an abundance of caution," a GM spokesperson said in a statement to FOX Business. "Neither the affected automakers nor NHTSA, despite eight years of study and investigation, have identified a systemic design or manufacturing defect in ARC frontal airbag inflators."

"If GM concludes at any time that any unrecalled ARC inflators are unsafe, the company will take appropriate action in cooperation with NHTSA," the GM spokesperson said.


A recall of this size would be among the largest in U.S. history.

NHTSA has yet to release a breakdown of airbag inflators by manufacturers, the safety regulator told FOX Business on Thursday.

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