Airbag Defect Spurs Largest Auto Recall in U.S. History

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On Tuesday, a Japanese manufacturer facing scrutiny for fatal airbag ruptures doubled its recall of affected cars to 34 million, making it the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. In a complete turnaround, the company Takata admitted its airbags are defective. The problematic airbags explode and expel shrapnel and have been tied to six deaths and more than 100 injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it is still determining all of the models that need to be recalled, but said affected automakers include Honda, Toyota, Nissan and Chrysler.


Ryan Beene, reporter for Automotive News who has been covering the Takata airbag news since last summer

Avi Moussa, parts director for Putnam Automotive, a dealership in Burlingame that has been replacing airbags in recalled cars