General Motors Co. said it will issue a warning to some owners of Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks in the United States not to have passengers sit on the front seat until faulty air bags from Takata Corp. are replaced.
The carmaker’s disclosure comes after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently expanded its warning over faulty airbags manufactured by the Japanese supplier to 6.1 million vehicles in the country.
The NHTSA said in a statement that it is urging owners of certain models built by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and GM “to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags.”
The recalls now involve over 6 million vehicles, spanning callbacks from around 18 months ago. The US highway safety regulator’s previous warning involved 4.74 million vehicles.
The regulator has issued an urgent public warning that Takata-fitted vehicles exposed to high humidity may deploy air bags with a force more than enough to rupture the metal part and strike occupants. GM and Subaru jointly built the Saab model while the US carmaker and Toyota built the Pontiac Vibe.