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Japanese Company Says 34 Million Air Bags Are Defective in Largest U.S. Auto Recall Ever

Takata executive Yoichiro Nomura on May 8.

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A Japanese auto parts supplier says 33.8 million air bags in United States vehicles are defective; those vehicles will be recalled for air-bag replacement in the largest-ever auto recall in U.S. history. The affected automakers are BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. From the AP:

The chemical that inflates the air bag can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. The faulty inflators are responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by the heads of the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which reached an agreement with Takata after sparring with the company for the past year over the size of the recalls and the cause of the problem.

This National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website will be updated so drivers can check whether their car is subject to recall.

The previous largest-ever recall occurred in 1980 and involved a transmission problem in 21 million Ford cars. In 2014, General Motors issued a number of different recalls, which ultimately affected a total of 30.4 million vehicles.