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Recall of 12m US Vehicles

Recall of 12m US VehiclesRecall of 12m US Vehicles

Eight automakers said on Friday they are recalling more than 12 million US vehicles for defective Takata airbags, expanding the largest-ever auto safety push, documents posted by US regulators showed. Honda Motor is recalling 4.5 million US vehicles while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling 4.3 million, according to the documents. The new recall is focused on passenger-side airbag inflators, while prior recalls were for driver-side inflators, Reuters reported.

Takata declared 14 million inflators defective in the first phase of its latest recall and the Friday notice is largely included in that total.

Japan’s Takata Corp. this month agreed to declare as many as 40 million additional airbag inflators defective by 2019 in a move that will involve recalls by 17 automakers.

Takata inflators can explode with too much force and spray metal shrapnel into vehicle passenger compartments.

The defective airbag inflators have been linked to at least 13 deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. The vehicles being recalled were built between 2002 and 2011 and include pickups, SUVs and cars. Takata and the automakers say there are no reports of any ruptures involving the vehicles in the latest recall. They are prioritized by the car’s age and the risk of exposure to high humidity.  Automakers worldwide had previously recalled about 50 million vehicles with Takata inflators.

Japan’s transport ministry said on Friday automakers will recall approximately 7 million vehicles there, so the total worldwide is approaching 70 million, including some recalled multiple times.