GM to re­call mil­lions of cars over airbag flaw in China

Global Times - Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Xie Jun Page Edi­tor: zhanghui@ glob­al­times.com.cn

SAIC Gen­eral Mo­tors Co and Gen­eral Mo­tors China will re­call 2.53 mil­lion cars over po­ten­tial safety haz­ards, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment pub­lished on the of­fi­cial web­site of the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine (AQSIQ) on Fri­day.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, cars sub­ject to re­call in­clude cer­tain mod­els of the SAAB 93, SAAB 95, Chevro­let Cruze, Opel As­tra and Buick En­core.

The two com­pa­nies will start re­call­ing SAAB and Opel cars start­ing from Oc­to­ber 29, and will start re­call­ing Chevro­let and Buick cars from De­cem­ber 29.

The state­ment noted the rea­son for the re­call is that the front airbags in­stalled on the driv­ing seats of some cars within the re­call range had been in­stalled with in­fla­tors that might break when the airbags open, which might cause frag­ments to fly out and hurt peo­ple in the cars.

The ques­tion­able in­fla­tors were pro­duced by Ja­pan-based airbag in­fla­tor sup­plier Takata Corp.

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the two afore­men­tioned com- pa­nies will grad­u­ally re­call the cars and in­stall new in­fla­tors on them for free.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment SAIC Gen­eral Mo­tors Co sent to the Global Times on Fri­day, there are no known airbag rup­ture cases re­lated to the Takata in­fla­tors in ve­hi­cles de­signed by Gen­eral Mo­tors (GM) world­wide.

It also noted that GM has re­called ap­prox­i­mately 502,000 Chevro­let, GMC, Saturn and Saab ve­hi­cles as part of the Takata re­calls in the US and Canada.

“The fi­nan­cial im­pact from the re­calls will be re­flected in GM’s pub­lic fi­nan­cial re­ports as ap­pro­pri­ate,” said the state­ment.

Tang Jie, a Shang­hai res­i­dent who owns a Saab 93, told the Global Times on Fri­day that so far he had not been in­formed by the SAIC Gen­eral Mo­tors that his car needs to be re­called.

Ac­cord­ing to Tang, he bought the car in 2010.

“The car has been OK in per­for­mance,” he said, adding that its airbag had never been used.

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