Feds allow GM to delay airbag recalls

Feds allow GM to delay airbag recalls
© Getty Images

A federal safety agency is allowing General Motors to delay the recall of certain GM vehicles with defective airbags, the Associated Press reported.

ADVERTISEMENT

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) agreed Monday to delay GM’s Takata airbag recalls until Aug. 31, 2017. The recall may be cancelled altogether if the automaker proves that the inflators in question are safe by then, according to the AP.

GM’s request to delay its recalls drew the ire of Senate Democrats, who worried it would be a slippery slope and questioned whether it would be safe.

“Granting an extension to one automaker could set a precedent that further complicates the Takata recalls by encouraging other automakers to submit similar requests,” said Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNelson campaign to donate K from Al Franken group to charity Political shenanigans mask true problems in Puerto Rico The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — The Hill interviews President Trump MORE (D-Fla.), ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Takata airbags, which have led to the largest auto recall in history, can explode with too much force and spray shrapnel into the vehicle. The NHSTA confirmed the 11th U.S. death linked to ruptured Takata airbags last month.

The NHTSA ordered Takata and automakers to recall all non-desiccated ammonium nitrate inflators on a rolling schedule, with the goal of getting the riskiest and oldest airbags off the road first. The second round of recalls is scheduled for December.

But GM filed a petition in September seeking a one-year delay in the company’s second round of recalls. The automaker claims the designated models scheduled for recall have not shown the same risks as other airbags that have been linked to deaths and injuries.