Seven automakers add 4.4 million vehicles to Takata recall

DETROIT (AP) – Seven automakers are adding nearly 4.4 million vehicles in the U.S. to the massive Takata airbag inflator recall.

Documents detailing recalls by General Motors, Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler Vans, BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz were posted Thursday by the government. Recalls from eight other companies were posted last Friday.

They’re part of a mammoth expansion of Takata air bag recalls announced last month. Seventeen automakers are adding 35 million-to-40 million inflators to what already was the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

Thursday’s recalls include passenger airbags, mainly in older models in states with high temperatures or humidity.

Takata inflators can malfunction and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers when exposed to humidity and repeated hot-and-cold cycles.

The recalls are being phased in over the next two years.

 

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