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Takata adds 2.7 million airbags, even those all thought were safe

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Takata has recalled 2.7 million airbags, joining 42 million affected vehicles in the largest safety notice ever in the automobile industry, because of a new hazard.

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The latest recalls announced Tuesday involve Ford, Nissan and Mazda models from 2005 to 20012 - ones the Japanese manufacturer originally thought were safe.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Takata is "taking this action out of an abundance of caution" though it has received no reports of any field ruptures and has not experienced any as a result of the field evaluation program.

The latest recall for the first time involves airbags that use calcium sulfate as a drying agent.

The inflater can combust in an "over-aggressive" manner, potentially rupturing and causing harm, according to a filing Takata submitted to the highway safety administration.

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