In the latest round of air bag troubles, 200,000 cars are being recalled for faulty inflators.
General Motors says its airbag inflators need to be replaced on Saab 9-3 vehicles from the 2003 through 2011 model years, Saab 9-5 vehicles from the 2010 through 2011 model years, and Saturn Astra vehicles from the 2008 and 2009 model years. These vehicles have the Takata PSDI-5 driver-side front airbag inflator.
This decision is a part of a larger recall of more than 5 million cars that was announced by regulators last month. Owners will be notified through letters, but since the auto parts are not available, owners will have to wait for another notification before taking their cars in.
General Motors says there is a lesser chance of airbag rupture in their cars compared to cars like Honda, which has led to 9 deaths linked to the Takata airbags. GMC claims that the airbag inflators rupture only during the testing stage and have never exploded in the car.
The Takata airbag crisis has affected many car companies. The recall is as high as 24 million units in the U.S. alone, making it the largest auto recall in the country’s history.