General Motors Recalls 6 Million Vehicles With Takata Airbags

by Aryn Plax

Feb 22, 2021

General Motors will recall nearly 6 million vehicles with potentially deadly Takata front passenger airbag inflators, but its dealerships currently do not have enough replacement airbags.

The ammonium nitrate in these inflators can become unstable after exposure to moisture, high humidity and high temperatures. As a result, the airbag may explode upon deploying, sending shrapnel throughout the cabin and potentially injuring or killing vehicle occupants in the process.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rejected General Motors’ petitions to avoid the recalls, which would cost $1.2 billion.

The recall is so large that General Motors established zones within the United States to split up the recall.

Each zone – Zone A, Zone B and Zone C – include a handful of states and territories. If you reside in California, you are in Zone A.

The Zone A designation of this recall affects the following vehicles:

The airbag exterior inside a vehicle.


• 2007–2014 Cadillac Escalade
• 2007–2014 Cadillac Escalade ESV
• 2007–2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT


• 2007–2013 Chevrolet Avalanche
• 2007–2013 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
• 2009–2014 Chevrolet Silverado 2500
• 2009–2014 Chevrolet Silverado 3500
• 2007–2014 Chevrolet Suburban
• 2007–2013 Chevrolet Tahoe
• 2012 Chevrolet Sierra 2500
• 2012 Chevrolet Sierra 3500
• 2012 Chevrolet Yukon
• 2012 Chevrolet Yukon XL


• 2007–2013 GMC Sierra 1500
• 2007–2011, 2013–2014 GMC Yukon
• 2007–2011, 2013–2014 GMC Yukon XL
• 2009–2011, 2013–2014 GMC Sierra 2500
• 2009–2011, 2013–2014 GMC Sierra 3500

Dealers will replace the inflators once replacement parts are available. Recall notices are expected to be mailed out March 1, and follow-up notices will be sent when dealers have the replacement parts.

If your Cadillac, Chevrolet or GMC vehicle has a problem that affects its use, safety or value and cannot be fixed within a reasonable number of attempts, your vehicle may be considered defective under the California Lemon Law. If your vehicle has been recalled, or has received a repair under a recall, you can still pursue a lemon law claim. Read more about how recalls affect lemon law cases, and if you still have further questions, fill out the form below or call our California lemon law firm at 877-222-2222 for a free consultation.