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Detroit (AP) —General Motors is recalling more than 400,000 pickup trucks in the United States as side airbags can explode without warning and expel parts into the cabin.
The recall covers certain 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet and GMC Sierra 1500, 2500, and 3500 trucks.
According to a document posted by US safety regulators on Friday, airbag inflators could burst and end caps could fly on either side of the truck. According to the document, three inflators burst in 2015 Silverado last month, one in Florida and two in Texas. At the time, all three trucks were vacant and GM said there were no reports of injuries.
According to the company, a manufacturing defect caused moisture to enter the inflator during manufacturing, causing corrosion. The inflator was manufactured in Mexico by Joyson Safety Systems.
The dealer will replace both side airbag modules. According to the company, the number of replacement parts is limited. Owners will be notified starting August 16th and will receive a second letter when parts are widely available.
Last year, about 9,000 trucks were recalled due to the same problem.