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Η General Motors ζήτησε επίσημα από την NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) να καθυστερήσει κατά έναν χρόνο την αντικατάσταση των ελαττωματικών αερόσακων της Takata για περίπου ένα εκατομμύριο αυτοκίνητά της. Η αντικατάσταση των αερόσακων στα 2009-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500 HD, 2009-2011 GMC Sierra 2500/3500 HD, 2007-2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, Avalanche, Tahoe, Suburban, 2007-2011 GMC Sierra 1500, Yukon, Yukon XL, 2007-2011 Cadillac Escalade, Escalade EXT, Escalade ESV, έχει οριστεί να ξεκινήσει στις 31η του Δεκέμβρη του 2016, αλλά η αυτοκινητοβιομηχανία ζήτησε την άδεια από τις αρχές να παρατείνει την ημερομηνία έναν χρόνο μετά, στις 31 Δεκεμβρίου του 2017.

Η NHTSA θα πρέπει να αποφασίσει έως τις 16 του Νοέμβρη αν θα δώσει την παράταση στην GM, η οποία συνεργάζεται με την Orbital ATK για να ερευνήσει τους κινδύνους των αερόσακων της Takata. Η τελική ανάλυση της συγκεκριμένης έρευνας δεν αναμένεται νωρίτερα από τον Αύγουστο του 2017, γι’αυτό και η GM ζητά την παράταση.

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GM shares with NHTSA a strong commitment to customer safety.

GM is taking a systematic, engineering-based approach to better understanding the performance of Takata inflators installed in GM vehicles, and GM continues to share this information with NHTSA on a regular basis.

GM has submitted a petition asking NHTSA to defer for one year the next round of Takata equipment recalls for airbag inflators in certain 2007-2012 GM full-size trucks and SUVs, currently schedule to be filed by Takata on December 31, 2016. This petition was filed in accordance with paragraph 17 of NHTSA’s May 3, 2016 amendment to the Takata Consent Order and subsequent NHTSA guidance documents.

This one-year deferral would permit GM and Orbital ATK to complete a long-term aging study and fully analyze the service life of these inflators in the GMT900 family of trucks and SUVs.

Based on current field and ballistic test data, GM believes these vehicles are safe to drive and that the propellant in these inflators is not currently at risk. GM believes these inflators will likely perform as designed until at least December 31, 2019.

An estimated 44,000 Takata passenger airbag inflators have deployed in GMT900 vehicles without a single reported rupture.

To better understand the field performance of these inflators and better predict service life, GM also has analyzed and safely deployed more than 1,000 Takata passenger airbag inflators from the oldest affected GMT900 vehicle population in the highest-risk region. Some of these inflators were subjected to an estimated seven years of additional aging in a laboratory environment, with humidity and temperature cycling representative of Zone A climate conditions during the hottest, most humid time of the year.

GM will continue to update NHTSA regarding the status of its ongoing investigation.