U.S. safety regulators may give General Motors the opportunity to avoid a costly recall if it can prove that its Takata-produced air bag inflators are safe.
Takata’s faulty air bags have been linked to 11 deaths in the U.S. and 16 worldwide. This past spring, GM was one of the many automakers that agreed to recall vehicles with Takata components installed. However, GM now argues that its inflators have unique designs that make them safer than the others on the market.
GM has until Aug. 31, 2017 to prove that its inflators still meet federal safety guidelines. If it can do so, the planned recall of 2.5 million vehicles will be canceled.