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General Motors world headquarters in Detroit, Mich. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday that General Motors must recall and repair any vehicle equipped with Takata air bag inflators, per AP.

Why it matters: The government agency said GM must recall nearly 6 million pickup trucks and SUVs from the 2007–2014 model years. Despite the automaker's multiple appeals to the NHTSA, this new regulation will cost the company around $1.2 billion.

  • Over 63 million Takata inflators have been recalled in the U.S., and over 100 million have been recalled worldwide.
  • GM will be especially affected by the recall of the Chevy Silverado, which is GM’s top-selling vehicle and one of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S.
  • GM had petitioned the NHTSA four times starting in 2016 to avoid a recall, as the airbag inflators had been safe on the road and in testing.

The big picture: 27 people have been killed worldwide by the exploding inflators including 18 in the U.S, yet it took the agency more than four years to arrive at the decision to recall the vehicles.

  • “Based on this information and information provided to the petition’s public docket, NHTSA concluded that the GM inflators in question are at risk of the same type of explosion after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity as other recalled Takata inflators,” the NHTSA said in a prepared statement.

What's next: The company has 30 days to give NHTSA a proposed schedule for notifying vehicle owners and starting the recall, the statement said.

  • The safety and trust of those who drive our vehicles is at the forefront of everything we do at General Motors,” the company said in a prepared statement.

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GM CEO Mary Barra at the GM Orion Assembly Plant plant for electric and self-driving vehicles in Michigan. Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

General Motors is setting a worldwide target to end sales of gasoline and diesel powered cars, pickups and SUVs by 2035, the automaker said Thursday.

Why it matters: GM's plan marks one of the auto industry's most aggressive steps to transform their portfolio to electric models that currently represent a tiny fraction of overall sales.

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U.S. faces urgent anti-hacker crisis

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The Biden administration is accelerating efforts to fill nearly 600,000 vacant cybersecurity positions in the public and private sectors bogging down efforts to protect digital infrastructure.

Why it matters: Following a deluge of ransomware attacks targeting critical government and corporate infrastructure this year, clogs in the talent pipeline are leaving federal, cash-strapped local governments and Big Business even more susceptible to hacking.

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Peng Shuai of China serves during the China Open in Beijing in 2017. Photo: Andy Wong/AP

The women's professional tennis tour suspended tournaments in China Wednesday out of concern for Peng Shuai, on the same day that a top business voice made excuses for Beijing.

Why it matters: Ahead of February's Winter Olympics in Beijing, some sports figures are taking on the regime — while Big Business shrinks from confrontation with the world's second-largest economy.

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