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Exploding air bags: Takata recall now totals 34 million vehicles
Exploding air bags: Takata recall now totals 34 million vehicles

Japanese auto supplier Takata Corp. on Tuesday declared that air bags in nearly 34 million vehicles are defective, making it the largest recall of automobiles in history and among the biggest of any U.S. consumer product. The Tuesday announcement reverberated through the auto industry, which has come under increasingly harsh scrutiny from federal safety regulators. It marks a victory for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which has pressed Takata for such action since last fall. “Lives are at stake,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “That is why we are doing what we are doing today.” At least six people have been killed by the air...

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