General Motors and its Chinese joint venture, Shanghai GM, are recalling more than 2.5 million cars with faulty Takata air bags, shortly after Volkswagen also announced a recall of 4.86 million vehicles for the same issue, according to media reports. Starting Oct. 29, General Motors will recall about 13,500 imported Saab and Opel cars with Takata Corp. air bags, and then on Dec. 29, the company will start another recall of more than 2.51 million Chevrolet and Buick vehicles, according to reports. The recall was announced by the Chinese government’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, according to reports.
At least 12 deaths in the U.S. have been linked to the faulty air bags, which allegedly have a tendency to explode. The cheap but volatile ammonium nitrate that inflates the bags can misfire, especially in humid conditions, blasting chemicals and shrapnel at passengers and drivers. The air bags have prompted the largest recall in U.S. history. In June, Takata filed for bankruptcy in Delaware and Japan, having reached a deal to sell most of its assets to Sterling Heights, Michigan-based auto parts supplier Key Safety Systems Inc. for $1.6 billion.