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Takata air bag recalls expand to 5 million

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Millions more vehicles are being recalled to replace defective Takata Corp. air bags as another death was linked to the devices.

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Those devices have been found to spray metal shrapnel when activated, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.

Two additional recalls announced Friday cover 5 million air bag inflators in cars made by Ford Motor, Volkswagen, Honda Motor, Daimler, Audi, Mazda Motor, Saab and BMW. NHTSA has been coordinating the largest-ever U.S. automotive recall, which previously covered 23 million inflators in 19 million vehicles with Takata air bags.

The agency could not immediately say how many additional vehicles will be recalled because some have multiple inflators and some may have been previously recalled. Owners can check on their vehicles at safercar.gov.

The driver of a 2006 Ford Motor Ranger pickup died in December after the truck swerved off a road in South Carolina and hit an obstruction, the agency said Friday. Agency investigators said the Takata air bag exploded, and the coroner had previously determined the rupture contributed to the death, NHTSA spokesman Gordon Trowbridge said.

In addition to the 10 fatalities, nine of them in the U.S., about 100 people have been injured by Takata air bags.


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