Upon an order by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, General Motors will recall about 5.9 million vehicles over safety concerns with Takata air bag inflators.
The Detroit automaker had petitioned to avoid the callback, but the safety agency determined that the inflators pose a risk of explosion after long exposure to heat and humidity.
While GM will abide by the safety agency’s request, it stated that science doesn’t back up the claims that the air bags pose a serious threat.
The defect has shown in rare instances to cause the air bag inflators to rupture, which could send metal fragments flying. In total, about 18 deaths have been reported in connection with issues to the Takata air bag inflator defect, which prompted one of the largest recalls in U.S. history.
Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Silverado, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon are included in the recall.
The cost of replacing all of the defective vehicles’ air bag inflators is estimated at $1.2 billion.