Detroit-based General Motors issued a recall and a stop sale on 1,740 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, Malibu and GMC Canyon vehicles over defective airbags. But this issue has nothing to do with the massive recalls of Takata-made airbags. In this case, the issue is a missing part. In some of the 1,740 vehicles affected, a component required for the second-stage, high-output deployment wasn’t loaded during the building of the airbag’s inflator. As a result, the airbag won’t fill as quickly as it should in a high-speed crash. Though none have yet been reported, clearly this means an increased risk of serious or even fatal injury. This recall is not related in any way to the Takata issue, in which some 24 million vehicles made by 14 different automakers have been recalled over a deadly defect that causes airbags to explode. The GM airbag parts are made by a different manufacturer. If you own or drive one of the vehicles affected in the recall, or any safety-related automotive recall, it’s crucial that you take notices seriously. Your nearest GM dealership will replace the the driver-side airbag assembly free of charge. If you’ve already been in an accident and suffered an injury or loss that you believe was caused by a defective GM or Takata airbag, get medical attention and call 800-251-1111 to speak with a product liability or auto accident attorney with Jacksonville’s Harrell and Harrell.