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VW, China partners to recall 4.86 million vehicles thanks to Takata

Staff Writer |
Volkswagen and its Chinese joint ventures FAW-Volkswagen and SAIC Volkswagen will recall 4.86 million vehicles in China.

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This is due to potential issues with Takata Corp air bags, a blow to the carmaker in the world's largest auto market.

The recall comes after Chinese watchdogs asked the German automaker as well as General Motors Co and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz to recall vehicles with Takata air bags earlier this year.

Official Chinese estimates show over 20 million cars in China had air bags made by Takata, which have been linked to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries globally.

The air bags have the potential to explode with too much force and spray shrapnel.

The defect led to the biggest recall in automotive history and eventual bankruptcy of the Japanese maker.

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