Last month the US safety regulators announced a recall of 5.4 million vehicles due to Takata airbag problems. A total of 24.4 million vehicles have been ordered to recall by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The vehicles are manufactured by Volkswagen, GM, Mazda, Honda, BMW, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and Daimler. An issue was found with Takata airbags where they inflate too fast during a collision which causes it to hurl shrapnel. The issue was recreated during test and it has already killed 10 people, hurting another 139 worldwide.
This is the largest ever vehicle recall in US. Vehicles being recalled are Saab 9-3 of 2003 to 2011 make, Saab 9-5 from 2010 to 2011 make. Saturn Astra from 2008 to 2009 make also carry this issue. As GM do not have the parts immediately available, they will send intimation letters to owners to bring their cars in as and when parts are available. Till then GM say owners can drive their cars as usual.