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GM to recall more than 2.5 million cars in China over Takata airbag defect

SHANGHAI – GM (China) Investment Co., Ltd. and SAIC-GM Automobile Co., Ltd. will recall more than 2.5 million cars in China affected by the Takata airbag inflator defect starting on October 29, according to a notice posted on the website of the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) on September 15.

The recall will involve 13,492 units of the imported Saab 9-3 and 9-5 as well as Opel Vectra, Astra, Meriva and Zafira models produced at various times between 2005 and 2013, and 2,515,841 units of the Chevrolet Cruze, Cruze Hathback, Aveo, Trax and Buick Excelle XT/GT, Encore vehicles locally-produced at various times between 2009 and 2016.

GM China and SAIC-GM will replace new airbags for free on the driver’s side to eliminate safety hazards.

The recall is just part of numerous recalls globally and in China involving millions of vehicles. Volkswagen announced a day earlier that it would recall nearly 4.9 million vehicles in China due to the same issue.

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