GM to recall millions of cars over airbag flaw in China
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.