The Takata airbag saga continues. GM recently issued a recall for 200,000 cars in the United States and Canada that are equipped with Takata airbags that may pose a danger to drivers. The news follows an even broader recall of cars last year that were equipped with the same dangerous airbags.
The Associated Press said GM is recalling vehicles built by Saab and Saturn, including the 2010 and 2011 Saab 9-5 models, the 2003 to 2011 Saab 9-3 models and 2008 and 2009 Saturn Astra. “Dealers will replace the inflators,” AP said. “Owners will get letters notifying them of the recalls, but since parts aren’t available yet, they’ll have to wait for a second letter before taking cars to dealers.”
Thankfully, despite the recall, a GM spokesperson said that drivers can continue to use their cars without huge concern, since the faulty airbags have only experienced problems in testing, and not in vehicles out on the road. “Our position is you can continue to drive the cars as normal,” GM spokesperson Tom Wilkinson told AP.
You should definitely plan to get the airbag fixed as soon as that second letter comes, however, since Takata airbags have been at fault for several deaths in the U.S. in other vehicles.