The nation's largest automaker getting more time to prove its airbags are safe.

FOX's Lilian Woo reports:

U.S. regulators are allowing General Motors to put off a large recall of potentially defective airbags. The unusual step allows for long term tests of Takata airbag inflators in older trucks and SUVs. If GM proves the inflators are safe, the recall could be canceled and the company would possibly avoid a large financial hit.

Back in May, GM agreed to recall 2.5 million vehicles to replace Takata inflators, even though the company said it didn't believe inflators in its trucks are unsafe. And that no inflators in its trucks have ruptured during an estimated 44,000 crashes.

GM also said the inflators were uniquely made for GM trucks and SUVs. Some 11 deaths in the U.S. have been caused by ruptured Takata airbag inflators.

Lilian Woo, FOX News.

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