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Toyota promises to help find cause of Takata air bag defects

Toyota vowed to help pinpoint the cause of a defect in air bags used in more than 50 million vehicles worldwide, saying the auto industry risks losing the trust of car buyers if the problem drags on unresolved. The air bags, made by Takata Corp. of Japan, can deploy with too much force, potentially causing injury or even death. "Recalls are not just about technical problems. If there is a morsel of consumer doubt, then we have to deal with it," Toyota President Akio Toyoda said Thursday at a reception for the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Assn. Takata this week agreed to a broader recall that doubled the number of air bags needing repair in the U.S. to 34 million....