In this case, the consequences are similar: in the event of an explosion of a part of the detonator, the driver’s airbag can spread through the cabin like shrapnel. The consequences can be of varying severity, up to death. There are currently three known cases of uncontrolled inflator bursting, all in the Chevrolet Traverse. General Motors is investigating.
Gas generators for airbags, including those installed in General Motors vehicles, are supplied by ARC Automotive Inc. The Associated Press writes that NHTSA requires ARC to recall all products, approximately 67 million inflators, citing the facts of the consequences: In the US and Canada, there were seven injuries and two deaths at Chevrolet, Kia, Chrysler, Hyundai and Volkswagen. . According to NHTSA research, airbags can be dangerous not only on the driver’s side, but also on the front passenger side.
The inflator maker disagrees with the allegations, arguing that the problem is not with its product, but with studying “separate production processes.”