NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Concerns stemming from Takata's (TKTDF) airbag inflation problems is affecting several automakers, including Ford (F) , Toyota (TM) and General Motors (GM) , among others. Mark Ruess, GM's global head of product development, told TheStreet TV that it's an issue the company is working to resolve.
However, since the root cause of the problem is still unknown, it's hard to come up with a solution, he explained. It's important to make sure there aren't related issues that could potentially endanger drivers.
General Motors doesn't have too many of its vehicles affected by the recall, Ruess told TheStreet's Ruben Ramirez at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Ruess also said that lower gasoline prices are "great," but not an aspect on which the company bases its planning.
Predicting gas prices is difficult, especially for an entire year. Instead, the company uses the rationale that gas prices tend to rise over the long term. Plus, increased fuel economy regulations are pushing automakers to boost vehicle efficiency.
Truck drivers certainly have to enjoy the lower gas prices. The company's two smaller trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, receive 27 and 28 miles per gallon on the highway. The trucks have a very low turn rate of roughly 9 days, Ruess said.