WASHINGTON — General Motors is recalling 374,715 2007-'08 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD and Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD pickup trucks worldwide as part of the larger Takata airbag inflator recall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected trucks are equipped with a passenger-side frontal airbag that may be susceptible to moisture intrusion which, over time, could cause the inflator to rupture upon its deployment," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "The inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, potentially resulting in serious injury or death."
There are no injuries, crashes, fatalities or complaints linked to the recall, GM spokesman Alan Adler told Edmunds on Sunday.
Adler said 330,198 of the trucks are in the U.S., with 39,630 in Canada and the rest in export markets.
In a document filed with NHTSA, GM said it had been investigating Takata airbag inflators in GM vehicles since October 26, 2014. GM found that approximately 36,000 passenger airbags made by Takata had deployed in GM vehicles as a result of accidents in the field with "no evidence of any humidity-related ruptures in Takata airbags in GM vehicles."
In a GM letter to dealers posted on the NHTSA Web site, the automaker said replacement parts are not currently available.
"We are diligently working with Takata, the airbag inflator supplier, to obtain the required parts as quickly as possible," the letter said.
The affected Silverado trucks were built from November 28, 2006 to August 29, 2008. The affected GMC Sierra trucks were built from November 27, 2006 to August 29, 2008.
Edmunds says: Since dealers are waiting for parts, owners of these vehicles should stay in touch with their service managers for the latest information.