According to news outlet Reuters, the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) handed down its decision on the recall, which GM estimates will cost the company US$1.2 billion (AU$1.63B) to carry out.
GM had been arguing "a recall of these vehicles is not warranted based on the factual and scientific record," but conceded it "will abide by NHTSA’s decision and begin taking the necessary steps".
The vehicles involved in the recall include:
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Suburban SUV
- 2007-2014 Chevrolet Tahoe SUV
- 2007-2014 GMC Sierra pick-up
- 2007-2014 GMC Yukon SUV
- 2007-2014 Cadillac Escalade SUV & pick-up
It's estimated there could be hundreds of these models currently in Australia, brought into the country as grey imports.
A spokesperson for General Motors Australia & New Zealand has told CarAdvice the replacement airbags will be supplied to importers on request.
Those who have personally imported their vehicles will also be able to contact GM for a free replacement airbag.
While there are no fatalities linked to airbags in GM models, a total of 18 people have been killed by the faulty Takata airbags in the US.
Two people are reported as having died in Australia from Takata airbags, with many more injured. The global tally sits at around 30 lives lost.
If you or your customers own any of the models listed above, you can contact General Motors on 1800 GM HOLDEN (1800 46 465 336) to have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) checked to see if it's one of the affected models involved in the recall.