. . DETROIT (AP) - The U. . S.. . has General Motors recall and repair nearly 6 million large pickup trucks and SUVs fitted with potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators.
The decision, announced Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is estimated to cost the automaker $ 1. 2 billion, around a third of the net income.
GM had petitioned the agency four times as of 2016 to avoid a recall, claiming the airbag inflator canisters were safe on the road and in tests. However, the owners responded by accusing the company of putting profits above safety.
Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate airbags in a crash. However, the chemical can deteriorate if exposed to heat and moisture and explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and spitting out splinters.
27 people were killed by the exploding inflators worldwide, including 18 in the United States. S.. .
It took the agency more than four years to reach its decision, which comes towards the end of President Donald Trump's four-year term.
27 people, 18 of them in the U. . S.. . have been killed and hundreds injured by Takata inflators worldwide.