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GM Seeks to Avoid Further Takata Recalls

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June 20, 2019—In a petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, GM argued for the fourth year in a row that certain vehicles should be excluded from the widespread Takata recall, according to The Detroit News. The company argued that the defects are "inconsequential" to the safety of its pickups and SUVs due to "differences in inflator design and vehicle integration." 

GM's request for exemption includes the following 2010-14 models: Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500, GMC Sierra 2500/3500, Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Avalanche, GMC Yukon, GMC Yukon XL, Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac Escalade ESV and Cadillac Escalade EXT.

GM said in a petition posted by the government Wednesday that it had deployed 4,270 of the inflators after exposing them to humidity and temperature extremes without a reported rupture.

The automaker said in a statement Wednesday it is confident that its testing shows the inflators "do not present an unreasonable risk to safety, continue to perform as designed in the field and will continue to perform as designed in line with the results of our accelerated aging studies." 

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