General Motors has issued a recall on certain Chevrolet Camaro, Sonic and Volt vehicles, as well as, Buick Verano with Takata air bag inflators that could explode and hurl shrapnel in a crash.
According to documents posted Tuesday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the driver’s front air bag inflator can explode in a crash due to a manufacturing defect.
All the vehicles recalled are the 2013 model year.
The recalled vehicles with Takata inflators have not previously been recalled but were being investigated.
Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate over time and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spewing shrapnel.
At least 26 people have been killed in the U.S. by the inflators since May of 2009, and more than 30 have died worldwide including people in Malaysia and Australia. In addition, about 400 people have been injured.