Auto Safety

U.S. lets GM delay a recall to try to prove its Takata air bags are safe

U.S. lets GM delay a recall to try to prove its Takata air bags are safe

U .S. auto safety regulators are allowing General Motors to delay a large recall of potentially defective air bags, giving the company time to prove that the devices are safe and to possibly avoid a huge financial hit.

The unusual move by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration buys time for an outside company hired by GM to do long-term tests of Takata air bag inflators in older trucks and SUVs including GM's top-selling vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup.

GM reluctantly agreed earlier this year to recall 2.5 million vehicles to replace Takata front passenger inflators. But the company said at the time its inflators are unique and safer than those linked to 11...

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